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Climate Change Adaptation in the Low-lying Atolls of the Mortlocks

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The presentation will discuss how the low-lying islands in the Mortlocks are responding to the consequences of climate change.

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The Mortlock Islands are a group of five atolls and one stand-alone island in the southern part of the state of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The elevation of the islands ranges from 3-4 metres above sea level, making the islands very vulnerable to the rise in the sea level. Traditional crops, such as taros and arrow roots, have been neglected in recent decades because of the increasing volume of imported food. Climate change is forcing Mortlockese to revisit salt-water resistant taros as an adaptation mechanism to the new threat. The long-term border lockdown resulting from the Covid19 pandemic is similarly forcing the islanders to look at traditional modes of food production because of the disruptions in international supply chains. Indigenous knowledge of food production is becoming essential to the islanders' future survival. My presentation will discuss how the low-lying islanders of the Mortlocks are responding to the consequences of climate change by pursuing indigenous agricultural practices.

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Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building

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Established in 1996 and funded in partnership by ANU and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) (formerly the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program) is the leading international centre for applied multidisciplinary research on issues of governance, state and society in the Pacific. Situated with the Coral Bell of Asia Pacific Affairs, DPA seeks to set the international standard for scholarship on the region. DPA undertakes a comprehensive suite of research, education and outreach activities, exemplifying the ANU’s strategic vision of uniting scholarly excellence with contributions that make an impact on public policy-making in an area of high national importance.

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