Emerald Isles Project


Nukuoro Atol

Federated States of Micronesia Model Program for Adaptation to Sea Level Rise

The Federal States of Micronesia, located in the Central Pacific, North of the Equator, is one of the lowest lying countries in the world, and therefore, one of the most threatened by Sea Level Rise. Every low island is suffering from serious coastal erosion, which is steadily worsening as global sea level rise accelerates. Nukuoro Atoll is the first to challenge the imminent threat of Climate Change to their existence with a comprehensive plan for adaptation to sea level rise. The Nukuoroan people refuses to abandon their beloved home island, and realize they must act now if they are to save their thriving indigenous culture and keep Nukuoro habitable for future generations.


The EmeraldPlanet is collaborating with Erik Hagberg, CEO, Pacific Aquaculture Cooperatives International (PAC), are leading this project.

Nukuoro Atoll is the first severely threatened island by Climate Change to develop and adopt a comprehensive and sustainable solution for adapting to sea level rise. We hope the global community will get behind this effort and give their support.

This program is made possible thanks to the commitment of Help PPPFISH – Help People Protect Propagate, and Farm Integrated Sustainable Habitats – A Permanent Program of the PanAmerican PanAfrican Association Inc.; an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Global Coral Reef Alliance, The EmeraldPlanet, Power for Peace, and other collaborative partners.

This revolutionary program is currently seeking funding from partnering governments, granting institution, and donations from the global community. Islands like Nukuoro cannot wait, or they will be forever lost to the Sea. The Nukuoroan People have the drive, determination, and spirit to be the first to demonstrate that adaptation is possible with strong local commitment and lots of hard work.

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For More Information

Nukuoro website
・Past TV program: Challenges of Small Island Developing States: Micronesian Best Practices- -Women’s Cooperatives, Earth Box, Sea Cucumber Cultivation, Coral Reef Restoration, and More [06/05/2011]