Project for Eco-technological management of Tuvalu against sea level rise
March 31st, 2009
April 1st, 2009 – March 31st, 2014 (5 years term)
Department of Environment Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Foreign Affair, Environment and Labour)
With land elevations of 1 to 2m, Tuvalu is threatened by the sea level rise by Global worming.
On the other hands, human activities have also stressed and degraded the local ecosystem. Tuvalu consists of coral and foraminifera sand, but ecosystem degradation has let to reduced sand production. The threat to Tuvalu is combined the global threat and local stresses such as population increase and economic growth.
The countermeasure for coastal protection may be fraught with danger of the island sustainability destruction, if it is not considered natural land formation of Tuvalu.
It must be based on natural island maintenance processes and help to enhance island resilience potential.
To increase the resilience of the Tuvalu coast against sea level rise through ecosystem rehabilitation and regeneration and through engineering support for sand production and sedimentation processes.
|1-1||Distribution of coral and foraminifera is observed by remote sensing and field survey.|
|1-2||A habitat map is made.|
|1-3||Sand transportation processes are understood.|
|1-4||A habitat-sand sediment balance map is made.|
|2-1||Human-induced ecosystem destructions and factors caused by constructions and landform changes to hinder sand production-transportation-sedimentation are identified.|
|3-1||Eco-engineering technology based 1-1 and 1-2 is proposed and documented.|
|3-2||An eco-engineering model to promote sand production by coral and foraminifera is proposed.|
|4-1||The research staff and government officials acquire knowledge and skills needed for conducting the research through on-the-job training and joint research activities.|