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Tourism vs. Garbage

The 34 atolls and islands of the Marshall Islands deep in the Pacific have wonderful beaches, coral and turquoise seas. Tourists may one day love the place.

Before then, the Marshall Islands must tackle major environmental problems. The country cannot dispose of mounting dumps of garbage, rusting vehicles, tires, old cooking stoves, and oil and chemical slicks. Beaches and the sea have become polluted.

The Islands wonderful coral is being gouged to provide gravel for building sites. Global climate change is an increasing threat.

JICA has sent some 20 volunteers to help in such fields as health and education, particularly a project to convince school children to either recycle their every day waste such as plastic bottles and wrappers or to clean up their garbage in an orderly manner.

Photos courtesy of Kousei Shimada / JICA
Text by Raymond Wilkinson / JICA

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