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Coordinates: 8°31′15″S 179°11′55″E / 8.52083°S 179.19861°E / -8.52083; 179.19861

Tuvalu

Flag

Coat of arms

Motto: " Tuvalu
Tuvalu
mo te Atua" (Tuvaluan) " Tuvalu
Tuvalu
for the Almighty"

Anthem:  Tuvalu mo te Atua
Tuvalu mo te Atua
(Tuvaluan) Tuvalu
Tuvalu
for the Almighty Royal anthem: God Save the Queen

Capital Funafuti 8°31′S 179°12′E / 8.517°S 179.200°E / -8.517; 179.200

Official languages

Tuvaluan English

Ethnic groups

96% Polynesian 4% Micronesian

Religion Church of Tuvalu

Demonym Tuvaluan

Government Unitary non-partisan parliamentary constitutional monarchy

• Monarch

Elizabeth II

• Governor-General

Iakoba Italeli

• Prime Minister

Enele Sopoaga

Legislature Parliament

Independence

• from the United Kingdom

1 October 1978

Area

• Total

26 km2 (10 sq mi) (192nd)

• Water (%)

negligible

Population

• 2012 census

10,640[1][2] (196th)

• Density

475.88/km2 (1,232.5/sq mi) (27th)

GDP (PPP) 2016 estimate

• Total

$39 million[3] (226th)

• Per capita

$3,566[3] (156th)

GDP (nominal) 2016 estimate

• Total

$32 million[3] (194th)

• Per capita

$2,970[3] (118th)

Currency Tuvaluan dollar Australian dollar (AUD)

Time zone (UTC+12)

Drives on the left

Calling code +688

ISO 3166 code TV

Internet
Internet
TLD .tv

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(/tuˈvɑːluː/ ( listen) too-VAH-loo or /ˈtuːvəˌluː/ TOO-və-loo), formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, about midway between Hawaii
Hawaii
and Australia, lying east-northeast of the Santa Cruz Islands (belonging to the Solomons), southeast of Nauru, south of Kiribati, west of Tokelau, northwest of Samoa
Samoa
and Wallis and Futuna and north of Fiji. It comprises three reef islands and six true atolls spread out between the latitude of 5° to 10° south and longitude of 176° to 180°, west of the International Date Line. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has a population of 10,640 (2012 census).[1][2] Situated in Oceania, the total land area of the islands of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi). The first inhabitants of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
were Polynesians. The pattern of settlement that is believed to have occurred is that the Polynesians spread out from Samoa
Samoa
and Tonga
Tonga
into the Tuvaluan atolls, with Tuvalu providing a stepping stone to migration into the Polynesian Outlier communities in Melanesia
Melanesia
and Micronesia. In 1568, Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to sail through the archipelago, sighting the island of Nui during his expedition in search of Terra Australis. In 1819 the island of Funafuti
Funafuti
was named Ellice's Island; the name Ellice was applied to all nine islands after the work of English hydrographer Alexander George Findlay. The Ellice Islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century as the result of a treaty between Great Britain and Germany relating to the demarcation of the spheres of influence in the Pacific Ocean.[4] Each of the Ellice Islands was declared a British Protectorate by Captain Gibson of HMS Curacoa between 9 and 16 October 1892. The Ellice Islands were administered as British protectorate by a Resident Commissioner from 1892 to 1916 as part of the British Western Pacific Territories
British Western Pacific Territories
(BWPT), and then as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
colony from 1916 to 1976. A referendum was held in December 1974 to determine whether the Gilbert Islands and Ellice Islands should each have their own administration. As a consequence of the referendum, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony ceased to exist on 1 January 1976 and the separate British colonies of Kiribati
Kiribati
and Tuvalu
Tuvalu
came into existence. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
became fully independent within the Commonwealth on 1 October 1978. On 5 September 2000 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
became the 189th member of the United Nations.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Pre-history 1.2 Early contacts with other cultures 1.3 Trading firms and traders 1.4 Scientific expeditions and travellers 1.5 Colonial administration 1.6 Second World War 1.7 Post-World War II – transition to independence

2 Government

2.1 Parliamentary democracy 2.2 Legal system 2.3 Foreign relations 2.4 Defence and law enforcement 2.5 Administrative divisions

3 Society

3.1 Demographics 3.2 Languages 3.3 Religion 3.4 Health 3.5 Education

4 Culture

4.1 Architecture 4.2 Art of Tuvalu 4.3 Dance and music 4.4 Cuisine 4.5 Heritage

5 Sport and leisure 6 Economy and government services

6.1 Economy 6.2 Tourism 6.3 Telecommunications and media 6.4 Transport

7 Geography and environment

7.1 Geography 7.2 Climate 7.3 Environmental pressures 7.4 Water and sanitation

8 Cyclones
Cyclones
and king tides

8.1 Cyclones 8.2 King tides

9 Impact of climate change

9.1 Challenges Tuvalu
Tuvalu
faces as a result of climate change 9.2 2015 United Nations
United Nations
Climate Change Conference (COP21)

10 Filmography and bibliography

10.1 Filmography 10.2 Bibliography 10.3 Further reading

11 External links 12 References

History[edit] Main article: History of Tuvalu See also: Timeline of the history of Tuvalu
Timeline of the history of Tuvalu
and Outline of Tuvalu Pre-history[edit] The origins of the people of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
are addressed in the theories regarding migration into the Pacific that began about 3000 years ago. During pre-European-contact times there was frequent canoe voyaging between the nearer islands including Samoa
Samoa
and Tonga.[5] Eight of the nine islands of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
were inhabited; thus the name, Tuvalu, means "eight standing together" in Tuvaluan (compare to *walo meaning "eight" in Proto-Austronesian). Possible evidence of fire in the Caves of Nanumanga
Nanumanga
may indicate human occupation for thousands of years. An important creation myth of the islands of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is the story of the te Pusi mo te Ali (the Eel and the Flounder) who created the islands of Tuvalu;[6] te Ali (the flounder) is believed to be the origin of the flat atolls of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and the te Pusin (the Eel) is the model for the coconut palms that are important in the lives of Tuvaluans. The stories as to the ancestors of the Tuvaluans vary from island to island. On Niutao,[7] Funafuti
Funafuti
and Vaitupu
Vaitupu
the founding ancestor is described as being from Samoa;[8][9] whereas on Nanumea the founding ancestor is described as being from Tonga.[8] Early contacts with other cultures[edit]

A Tuvaluan man in traditional costume drawn by Alfred Agate
Alfred Agate
in 1841 during the United States
United States
Exploring Expedition.[10]

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
was first sighted by Europeans on 16 January 1568 during the voyage of Álvaro de Mendaña from Spain
Spain
who sailed past Nui and charted it as Isla de Jesús (Spanish for "Island of Jesus") because the previous day was the feast of the Holy Name. Mendaña made contact with the islanders but was unable to land.[11][12] During Mendaña's second voyage across the Pacific he passed Niulakita
Niulakita
on 29 August 1595, which he named La Solitaria.[12][13] Captain John Byron
John Byron
passed through the islands of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
in 1764 during his circumnavigation of the globe as captain of the Dolphin (1751).[14] Byron charted the atolls as Lagoon Islands. Keith S. Chambers and Doug Munro (1980) identified Niutao
Niutao
as the island that Francisco Mourelle de la Rúa sailed past on 5 May 1781, thus solving what Europeans had called The Mystery of Gran Cocal.[13][15] Mourelle's map and journal named the island El Gran Cocal ('The Great Coconut
Coconut
Plantation'); however, the latitude and longitude was uncertain.[15] Longitude
Longitude
could only be reckoned crudely as accurate chronometers were unavailable until the late 18th century. The next European to visit was Arent Schuyler de Peyster, of New York, captain of the armed brigantine or privateer Rebecca, sailing under British colours,[16][17] which passed through the southern Tuvaluan waters in May 1819; de Peyster sighted Nukufetau
Nukufetau
and Funafuti, which he named Ellice's Island after an English politician, Edward Ellice, the Member of Parliament for Coventry and the owner of the Rebecca's cargo.[15][18] The name Ellice was applied to all nine islands after the work of English hydrographer Alexander George Findlay.[19] In 1820 the Russian explorer Mikhail Lazarev
Mikhail Lazarev
visited Nukufetau
Nukufetau
as commander of the Mirny.[15] Louis Isidore Duperrey, captain of La Coquille, sailed past Nanumanga
Nanumanga
in May 1824 during a circumnavigation of the earth (1822–1825).[13] A Dutch expedition (the frigate Maria Reigersberg) found Nui on the morning of 14 June 1825 and named the main island (Fenua Tapu) as Nederlandsch Eiland.[20] Whalers began roving the Pacific, although visiting Tuvalu
Tuvalu
only infrequently because of the difficulties of landing on the atolls. Captain George Barrett of the Nantucket
Nantucket
whaler Independence II has been identified as the first whaler to hunt the waters around Tuvalu.[18] In November 1821 he bartered coconuts from the people of Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
and also visited Niulakita.[13] A shore camp was established on Sakalua
Sakalua
islet of Nukufetau, where coal was used to melt down the whale blubber.[21] For less than a year between 1862–63, Peruvian ships engaged in the so-called "blackbirding" trade, combed the smaller islands of Polynesia
Polynesia
from Easter Island
Easter Island
in the eastern Pacific to Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and the southern atolls of the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati), seeking recruits to fill the extreme labour shortage in Peru.[22] While some islanders were voluntary recruits the "blackbirders" were notorious for enticing islanders on to ships with tricks, such as pretending to be Christian missionaries, as well as kidnapping islanders at gun point. The Rev. A. W. Murray,[23] the earliest European missionary in Tuvalu, reported that in 1863 about 170 people were taken from Funafuti
Funafuti
and about 250 were taken from Nukulaelae,[15] as there were fewer than 100 of the 300 recorded in 1861 as living on Nukulaelae.[24][25] Christianity came to Tuvalu
Tuvalu
in 1861 when Elekana, a deacon of a Congregational church
Congregational church
in Manihiki, Cook Islands
Cook Islands
became caught in a storm and drifted for 8 weeks before landing at Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
on 10 May 1861.[15][26] Elekana began proselytising Christianity. He was trained at Malua
Malua
Theological College, a London Missionary Society
London Missionary Society
(LMS) school in Samoa, before beginning his work in establishing the Church of Tuvalu.[15] In 1865 the Rev. A. W. Murray of the LMS – a Protestant congregationalist missionary society – arrived as the first European missionary where he too proselytised among the inhabitants of Tuvalu. By 1878 Protestantism was well established with preachers on each island.[15] In the later 19th and early 20th centuries the ministers of what became the Church of Tuvalu (Te Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu) were predominantly Samoans, who influenced the development of the Tuvaluan language
Tuvaluan language
and the music of Tuvalu.[27] The islands came under Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century, when each of the Ellice Islands was declared a British Protectorate by Captain Gibson of HMS Curacoa, between 9 and 16 October 1892.[28] Trading firms and traders[edit]

Islands of Tuvalu

Trading companies became active in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
in the mid-19th century; the trading companies engaged palagi traders who lived on the islands. John (also known as Jack) O'Brien was the first European to settle in Tuvalu, he became a trader on Funafuti
Funafuti
in the 1850s. He married Salai, the daughter of the paramount chief of Funafuti.[29] Louis Becke, who later found success as a writer, was a trader on Nanumanga
Nanumanga
from April 1880 until the trading-station was destroyed later that year in a cyclone.[30] He then became a trader on Nukufetau.[31][32][33] In 1892 Captain Davis of the HMS Royalist reported on trading activities and traders on each of the islands visited.[34] Captain Davis identified the following traders in the Ellice Group: Edmund Duffy (Nanumea); Jack Buckland
Jack Buckland
(Niutao); Harry Nitz (Vaitupu); Jack O'Brien (Funafuti); Alfred Restieaux
Alfred Restieaux
and Emile Fenisot (Nukufetau); and Martin Kleis (Nui).[35][36] During this time, the greatest number of palagi traders lived on the atolls, acting as agents for the trading companies. Some islands would have competing traders while dryer islands might only have a single trader.[37] In the later 1890s and into first decade of the 20th century, structural changes occurred in the operation of the Pacific trading companies; they moved from a practice of having traders resident on each island to instead becoming a business operation where the supercargo (the cargo manager of a trading ship) would deal directly with the islanders when a ship visited an island. From 1900 the numbers of palagi traders in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
declined and the last of the palagi traders were Fred Whibley
Fred Whibley
on Niutao, Alfred Restieaux
Alfred Restieaux
on Nukufetau,[38] and Martin Kleis on Nui.[36] By 1909 there were no more resident palagi traders representing the trading companies,[36][37] although both Whibley and Restieaux[39] remained in the islands until their deaths. Scientific expeditions and travellers[edit]

A man from the Nukufetau
Nukufetau
atoll, drawn by Alfred Agate
Alfred Agate
1841.

The United States Exploring Expedition
United States Exploring Expedition
under Charles Wilkes
Charles Wilkes
visited Funafuti, Nukufetau
Nukufetau
and Vaitupu
Vaitupu
in 1841.[40] During this expedition Alfred Thomas Agate, engraver and illustrator, recorded the dress and tattoo patterns of the men of Nukufetau.[41] In 1885 or 1886 the New Zealand
New Zealand
photographer Thomas Andrew visited Funafuti[42] and Nui.[43][44] In 1890 Robert Louis Stevenson, his wife Fanny Vandegrift Stevenson and her son Lloyd Osbourne
Lloyd Osbourne
sailed on the Janet Nicoll, a trading steamer owned by Henderson and Macfarlane of Auckland, New Zealand, which operated between Sydney and Auckland and into the central Pacific.[45] The Janet Nicoll visited three of the Ellice Islands;[46] while Fanny records that they made landfall at Funafuti, Niutao
Niutao
and Nanumea, Jane Resture suggests that it was more likely they landed at Nukufetau
Nukufetau
rather than Funafuti.[47] An account of this voyage was written by Fanny Stevenson and published under the title The Cruise of the Janet Nichol,[48] together with photographs taken by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne. In 1894 Count Rudolf Festetics de Tolna, his wife Eila (née Haggin) and her daughter Blanche Haggin visited Funafuti
Funafuti
aboard the yacht Le Tolna.[49] The Count spent several days photographing men and woman on Funafuti.[50][51]

Woman on Funafuti
Funafuti
(1900) photography by Harry Clifford Fassett

The boreholes on Funafuti, at the site now called Darwin's Drill,[52] are the result of drilling conducted by the Royal Society of London for the purpose of investigating the formation of coral reefs to determine whether traces of shallow water organisms could be found at depth in the coral of Pacific atolls. This investigation followed the work on The Structure and Distribution of Coral
Coral
Reefs conducted by Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
in the Pacific. Drilling occurred in 1896, 1897 and 1898.[53] Professor Edgeworth David
Edgeworth David
of the University of Sydney
University of Sydney
was a member of the 1896 " Funafuti
Funafuti
Coral
Coral
Reef
Reef
Boring Expedition of the Royal Society", under Professor William Sollas and lead the expedition in 1897.[54] Photographers on these trips recorded people, communities, and scenes at Funafuti.[55] Charles Hedley, a naturalist at the Australian Museum, accompanied the 1896 expedition and during his stay on Funafuti
Funafuti
collected invertebrate and ethnological objects. The descriptions of these were published in Memoir III of the Australian Museum
Australian Museum
Sydney between 1896 and 1900. Hedley also wrote the General Account of the Atoll
Atoll
of Funafuti,[56] The Ethnology of Funafuti,[57] and The Mollusca of Funafuti.[58][59] Edgar Waite was also part of the 1896 expedition and published The mammals, reptiles, and fishes of Funafuti.[60] William Rainbow described the spiders and insects collected at Funafuti
Funafuti
in The insect fauna of Funafuti.[61] Harry Clifford Fassett, captain's clerk and photographer, recorded people, communities and scenes at Funafuti
Funafuti
in 1900 during a visit of USFC Albatross when the United States Fish Commission
United States Fish Commission
was investigating the formation of coral reefs on Pacific atolls.[62] Colonial administration[edit] From 1892 to 1916 the Ellice Islands were administered as a British Protectorate, as part of the British Western Pacific Territories (BWPT), by a Resident Commissioner based in the Gilbert Islands. In 1916 the administration of the BWTP ended and the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony was established, which existed from 1916 to 1974. Second World War[edit] During the Pacific War
Pacific War
Funafuti
Funafuti
was used as a base to prepare for the subsequent seaborn attacks on the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) that were occupied by Japanese forces.[63] The United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
landed on Funafuti
Funafuti
on 2 October 1942[64] and on Nanumea
Nanumea
and Nukufetau
Nukufetau
in August 1943. The Japanese had already occupied Tarawa
Tarawa
and other islands in what is now Kiribati, but were delayed by the losses at the Battle of the Coral
Coral
Sea. The islanders assisted the American forces to build airfields on Funafuti, Nanumea
Nanumea
and Nukufetau
Nukufetau
and to unload supplies from ships.[65] On Funafuti
Funafuti
the islanders shifted to the smaller islets so as to allow the American forces to build the airfield and to build naval bases and port facilities on Fongafale.[66] A Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) built a sea plane ramp on the lagoon side of Fongafale
Fongafale
islet for seaplane operations by both short and long range seaplanes and a compacted coral runway was also constructed on Fongafale,[67] with runways also constructed to create Nanumea
Nanumea
Airfield[68] and Nukufetau
Nukufetau
Airfield.[69] USN Patrol Torpedo Boats (PTs) were based at Funafuti
Funafuti
from 2 November 1942 to 11 May 1944.[70] The atolls of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
acted as staging posts during the preparation for the Battle of Tarawa
Tarawa
and the Battle of Makin
Battle of Makin
that commenced on 20 November 1943, which were part of the implementation of "Operation Galvanic".[71] After the war the military airfield on Funafuti
Funafuti
was developed into Funafuti
Funafuti
International Airport. Post-World War II – transition to independence[edit] The formation of the United Nations
United Nations
after World War II resulted in the United Nations
United Nations
Special
Special
Committee on Decolonization committing to a process of decolonization; as a consequence the British colonies in the Pacific started on a path to self-determination.[72][73] In 1974 ministerial government was introduced to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony through a change to the Constitution. In that year a general election was held;[74] and a referendum was held in December 1974 to determine whether the Gilbert Islands and Ellice Islands should each have their own administration.[75] As a consequence of the referendum, separation occurred in two stages. The Tuvaluan Order 1975, which took effect on 1 October 1975, recognised Tuvalu
Tuvalu
as a separate British dependency with its own government. The second stage occurred on 1 January 1976 when separate administrations were created out of the civil service of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony.[76][77] Elections to the House of Assembly of the British Colony of Tuvalu were held on 27 August 1977; with Toaripi Lauti being appointed Chief Minister in the House of Assembly of the Colony of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
on 1 October 1977. The House of Assembly was dissolved in July 1978 with the government of Toaripi Lauti continuing as a caretaker government until the 1981 elections were held.[78] Toaripi Lauti became the first Prime Minister on 1 October 1978 when Tuvalu
Tuvalu
became an independent nation.[72][79] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
became fully independent within the Commonwealth on 1 October 1978. On 5 September 2000 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
became the 189th member of the United Nations. Government[edit] Main article: Politics of Tuvalu

Government office building

Parliamentary democracy[edit] See also: Human rights in Tuvalu The Constitution of Tuvalu
Constitution of Tuvalu
states that it is "the supreme law of Tuvalu" and that "all other laws shall be interpreted and applied subject to this Constitution"; it sets out the Principles of the Bill of Rights and the Protection of the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.[80][81] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is a parliamentary democracy and Commonwealth realm
Commonwealth realm
with Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
serving as the country's head of state and bearing the title Queen of Tuvalu. Since the Queen does not reside in the islands, she is represented in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
by a Governor General appointed by the Queen upon the advice of the Prime Minister of Tuvalu.[78] In 1986 and 2008, referenda confirmed the monarchy. From 1974 (the creation of the British colony of Tuvalu) until independence, the legislative body of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
was called the House of the Assembly or Fale I Fono. Following independence in October 1978 the House of the Assembly was renamed the Parliament of Tuvalu
Parliament of Tuvalu
or Palamene o Tuvalu.[78] The unicameral Parliament has 15 members with elections held every four years. The members of parliament select the Prime Minister (who is the head of government) and the Speaker of Parliament. The ministers that form the Cabinet are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister. There are no formal political parties and election campaigns are largely based on personal/family ties and reputations. The Tuvalu National Library and Archives holds "vital documentation on the cultural, social and political heritage of Tuvalu", including surviving records from the colonial administration, as well as Tuvalu government archives.[82] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is a state party to the following human rights treaties: the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Convention on the Rights of the Child
(CRC); the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and; the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(CRPD).[83] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has commitments to ensuring human rights are respected under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Te Kakeega III – National Strategy for Sustainable Development-2016-2020 (TK III), which sets out the development agenda of the Government of Tuvalu. TK III includes new strategic areas, in addition to the eight identified in TK II, which are climate change; environment; migration and urbanization; and oceans and seas.[84] Legal system[edit] There are eight Island Courts and Lands Courts; appeals in relation to land disputes are made to the Lands Courts Appeal Panel. Appeals from the Island Courts and the Lands Courts Appeal Panel are made to the Magistrates Court, which has jurisdiction to hear civil cases involving up to $T10,000. The superior court is the High Court of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
as it has unlimited original jurisdiction to determine the Law of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and to hear appeals from the lower courts. Rulings of the High Court can be appealed to the Court of Appeal of Tuvalu. From the Court of Appeal there is a right of appeal to Her Majesty in Council, i.e., the Privy Council in London.[85][86] With regard to the judiciary, "the first female Island Court magistrate was appointed to the Island Court in Nanumea
Nanumea
in the 1980s and another in Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
in the early 1990s." There were 7 female magistrates in the Island Courts of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(as of 2007) in comparison "to the past where only one woman magistrate served in the Magistrate Court of Tuvalu."[87] The Law of Tuvalu
Law of Tuvalu
comprises the Acts voted into law by the Parliament of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and statutory instruments that become law; certain Acts passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(during the time Tuvalu was either a British protectorate or British colony); the common law; and customary law (particularly in relation to the ownership of land).[85][86] The land tenure system is largely based on kaitasi (extended family ownership).[88] Foreign relations[edit] Main article: Foreign relations of Tuvalu Tuvalu
Tuvalu
participates in the work of the Pacific Community (SPC) and is a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
and the United Nations. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has maintained a mission at the United Nations in New York City since 2000. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is a member of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
maintains close relations with Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States
United States
of America, the United Kingdom and the European Union. It has diplomatic relations with Taiwan; the country maintains the only resident embassy in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and has a large assistance programme in the islands. A major international priority for Tuvalu
Tuvalu
in the UN, at the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
and in other international fora, is promoting concern about global warming and the possible sea level rising. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
advocates ratification and implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. In December 2009 the islands stalled talks on climate change at the United Nations
United Nations
Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, fearing some other developing countries were not committing fully to binding deals on a reduction in carbon emissions. Their chief negotiator stated, " Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change and our future rests on the outcome of this meeting."[89] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
participates in the Alliance of Small Island States
Alliance of Small Island States
(AOSIS), which is a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that have concerns about their vulnerability to the adverse effects of global climate change. Under the Majuro Declaration, which was signed on 5 September 2013, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has commitment to implement power generation of 100% renewable energy (between 2013 and 2020), which is proposed to be implemented using Solar PV (95% of demand) and biodiesel (5% of demand). The feasibility of wind power generation will be considered.[90] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
participates in the operations of the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Pacific Regional Environment Programme
(SPREP).[91] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is party to a treaty of friendship with the United States, signed soon after independence and ratified by the US Senate in 1983, under which the United States
United States
renounced prior territorial claims to four Tuvaluan islands (Funafuti, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
and Niulakita) under the Guano Islands Act
Guano Islands Act
of 1856.[92] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
participates in the operations of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)[93] and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).[94] The Tuvaluan government, the US government, and the governments of other Pacific islands, are parties to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT), which entered into force in 1988.[95] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is also a member of the Nauru
Nauru
Agreement which addresses the management of tuna purse seine fishing in the tropical western Pacific. The United States
United States
and the Pacific Islands countries have negotiated the Multilateral Fisheries Treaty (which encompasses the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) to confirm access to the fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific for US tuna boats. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and the other members of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the United States
United States
have settled a tuna fishing deal for 2015; a longer term deal will be negotiated. The treaty is an extension of the Nauru Agreement and provides for US flagged purse seine vessels to fish 8,300 days in the region in return for a payment of US$90 million made up by tuna fishing industry and US-Government contributions.[96] In 2015 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has refused to sell fishing days to certain nations and fleets that have blocked Tuvaluan initiatives to develop and sustain their own fishery.[97] In 2016, the Minister of Natural Resources drew attention to Article 30 of the WCPF Convention, which describes the collective obligation of members to consider the disproportionate burden that management measures might place on small-island developing states.[98] In July 2013 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Pacific Regional Trade and Development Facility, which Facility originated in 2006, in the context of negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific ACP States and the European Union. The rationale for the creation of the Facility being to improve the delivery of aid to Pacific island countries in support of the Aid-for-Trade (AfT) requirements. The Pacific ACP States are the countries in the Pacific that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement
Cotonou Agreement
with the European Union.[99] On 18 February 2016 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
signed the Pacific Islands Development Forum Charter and formally joined the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).[100] In June 2017, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
sign the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER).[101][102] Defence and law enforcement[edit] Main article: Law enforcement in Tuvalu Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has no regular military forces, and spends no money on the military. Its national police force, the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Police Force headquartered in Funafuti
Funafuti
includes a maritime surveillance unit, customs, prisons and immigration. Police officers wear British style uniforms. The police have a Pacific-class patrol boat
Pacific-class patrol boat
(HMTSS Te Mataili) provided by Australia
Australia
in October 1994 under the Pacific Patrol Boat Programme for use in maritime surveillance and fishery patrol and for search-and-rescue missions.[103] ("HMTSS" stands for His/Her Majesty's Tuvaluan State Ship or for His/Her Majesty's Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Surveillance Ship.) Crime in Tuvalu
Crime in Tuvalu
is not a significant social problem due to an effective criminal justice system, also due to the influence of the Falekaupule (the traditional assembly of elders of each island) and the central role of religious institutions in the Tuvaluan community. Administrative divisions[edit] Main article: Islands of Tuvalu Tuvalu
Tuvalu
consists of six atolls and three reef islands. The smallest, Niulakita, is administered as part of Niutao. Each island has its own high-chief, or ulu-aliki, and several sub-chiefs (alikis). The community council is the Falekaupule (the traditional assembly of elders) or te sina o fenua (literally: "grey-hairs of the land"). In the past, another caste, the priests (tofuga), were also amongst the decision-makers. The ulu-aliki and aliki exercise informal authority at the local level. Ulu-aliki are always chosen based on ancestry. Under the Falekaupule Act (1997),[104] the powers and functions of the Falekaupule are now shared with the pule o kaupule (elected village presidents; one on each atoll).[105]

A map of Tuvalu.

Local government districts consisting of more than one islet:

Funafuti Nanumea Nui Nukufetau Nukulaelae Vaitupu

Local government districts consisting of only one island:

Nanumanga Niulakita Niutao

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has ISO 3166-2 codes defined for 1 town council (Funafuti) and 7 island councils. Niulakita, which now has its own island council, is not listed as it is administered as part of Niutao. Society[edit] Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Tuvalu See also: Women in Tuvalu

Population distribution of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
by age group (2014).

The population at the 2002 census was 9,561,[106] and the population at the 2012 census was 10,640.[1][2] The 2016 estimate of the population is 11,097.[107] The population of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is primarily of Polynesian ethnicity with approximately 5.6% of the population being Micronesian.[1] Life expectancy for women in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is 68.41 years and 64.01 years for men (2015 est.).[108] the country's population growth rate is 0.82% (2015 est.).[108] The net migration rate is estimated at −6.81 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2015 est.)[108] The threat of global warming in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is not yet a dominant motivation for migration as Tuvaluans appear to prefer to continue living on the islands for reasons of lifestyle, culture and identity.[109] From 1947 to 1983 a number of Tuvaluans from Vaitupu
Vaitupu
migrated to Kioa, an island in Fiji.[110] The settlers from Tuvalu
Tuvalu
were granted Fijian citizenship in 2005. In recent years New Zealand
New Zealand
and Australia
Australia
are the primary destinations for migration or seasonal work. In 2014 attention was drawn to an appeal to the New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal against the deportation of a Tuvaluan family on the basis that they were "climate change refugees", who would suffer hardship resulting from the environmental degradation of Tuvalu.[111] However the subsequent grant of residence permits to the family was made on grounds unrelated to the refugee claim.[112] The family was successful in their appeal because, under the relevant immigration legislation, there were "exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian nature" that justified the grant of resident permits as the family was integrated into New Zealand
New Zealand
society with a sizeable extended family which had effectively relocated to New Zealand.[112] Indeed, in 2013 a claim of a Kiribati
Kiribati
man of being a "climate change refugee" under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) was determined by the New Zealand
New Zealand
High Court to be untenable as there was no persecution or serious harm related to any of the five stipulated Refugee Convention grounds.[113] Permanent migration to Australia
Australia
and New Zealand, such as for family reunification, requires compliance with the immigration legislation of those countries.[114] New Zealand
New Zealand
has an annual quota of 75 Tuvaluans granted work permits under the Pacific Access Category, as announced in 2001.[115] The applicants register for the Pacific Access Category (PAC) ballots; the primary criteria is that the principal applicant must have a job offer from a New Zealand
New Zealand
employer.[116] Tuvaluans also have access to seasonal employment in the horticulture and viticulture industries in New Zealand
New Zealand
under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Policy introduced in 2007 allowing for employment of up to 5,000 workers from Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and other Pacific islands.[117] Tuvaluans can participate in the Australian Pacific Seasonal Worker Program, which allows Pacific Islanders to obtain seasonal employment in the Australian agriculture industry, in particular cotton and cane operations; fishing industry, in particular aquaculture; and with accommodation providers in the tourism industry.[118] Languages[edit] Main article: Tuvaluan language The Tuvaluan language
Tuvaluan language
and English are the national languages of Tuvalu. Tuvaluan is of the Ellicean group of Polynesian languages, distantly related to all other Polynesian languages
Polynesian languages
such as Hawaiian, Māori, Tahitian, Rapa Nui, Samoan and Tongan. It is most closely related to the languages spoken on the Polynesian outliers
Polynesian outliers
in Micronesia
Micronesia
and northern and central Melanesia. The Tuvaluan language has borrowed from the Samoan language, as a consequence of Christian missionaries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries being predominantly Samoan.[27][119] The Tuvaluan language
Tuvaluan language
is spoken by virtually everyone, while a language very similar to Gilbertese is spoken on Nui.[119][120] English is also an official language but is not spoken in daily use. Parliament and official functions are conducted in the Tuvaluan language. There are about 13,000 Tuvaluan speakers worldwide.[121][122] Radio Tuvalu
Tuvalu
transmits Tuvaluan language
Tuvaluan language
programming. Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Tuvalu The Congregational Christian Church of Tuvalu, which is part of the Reformed tradition, is the state church of Tuvalu;[123] although in practice this merely entitles it to "the privilege of performing special services on major national events".[124] Its adherents comprise about 97% of the 10,837 (2012 census) inhabitants of the archipelago.[123][125] The Constitution of Tuvalu
Constitution of Tuvalu
guarantees freedom of religion, including the freedom to practice, the freedom to change religion, the right not to receive religious instruction at school or to attend religious ceremonies at school, and the right not to "take an oath or make an affirmation that is contrary to his religion or belief".[126] The Roman Catholic community is served by the Mission Sui Iuris of Funafuti. Other religious groups include the Seventh-day Adventist
Seventh-day Adventist
and the Bahá'í with, respectively, 1.4% and 1.0% of the population.[108] According to its own estimates, the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Brethren Church has about 500 members (i.e., 4.5% of the population).[127] The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has about 50 members (0.4% of the population).[128] The introduction of Christianity ended the worship of ancestral spirits and other deities (animism),[129] along with the power of the vaka-atua (the priests of the old religions). Laumua Kofe describes the objects of worship as varying from island to island, although ancestor worship was described by Rev. D.J. Whitmee in 1870 as being common practice.[130] Health[edit] Main article: Princess Margaret Hospital (Funafuti) The Princess Margaret Hospital on Funafuti
Funafuti
is the only hospital in Tuvalu. The Tuvaluan medical staff at PMH in 2011 comprised the Director of Health & Surgeon, the Chief Medical Officer Public Health, an anaesthetist, a paediatric medical officer and an obstetrics and gynaecology medical officer. Allied health staff include two radiographers, two pharmacists, three laboratory technicians, two dieticians and 13 nurses with specialised training in fields including surgical nursing, anaesthesia nursing/ICU, paediatric nursing and midwifery. PMH also employs a dentist. The Department of Health also employs nine or ten nurses on the outer islands to provide general nursing and midwifery services.[131][132] As in much of Oceania, obesity is a major health issue, with 65% of men and 71% of women being overweight.[133] Education[edit]

Children on Niutao

Education in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is free and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 15 years. Each island has a primary school. Motufoua Secondary School is located on Vaitupu.[134] Students board at the school during the school term, returning to their home islands each school vacation. Fetuvalu Secondary School, a day school operated by the Church of Tuvalu, is on Funafuti.[135] Fetuvalu offers the Cambridge syllabus. Motufoua offers the Fiji Junior Certificate (FJC) at year 10, Tuvaluan Certificate at Year 11 and the Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (PSSC) at Year 12, which is set by SPBEA, the Fiji-based exam board.[136] Sixth form students who pass their PSSC go on to the Augmented Foundation Programme, funded by the government of Tuvalu. This program is required for tertiary education programmes outside of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and is available at the University of the South Pacific
University of the South Pacific
(USP) Extension Centre in Funafuti. Required attendance at school is 10 years for males and 11 years for females (2001).[108] The adult literacy rate is 99.0% (2002).[137] In 2010, there were 1,918 students who were taught by 109 teachers (98 certified and 11 uncertified). The teacher-pupil ratio for primary schools in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is around 1:18 for all schools with the exception of Nauti School, which has a teacher-student ratio of 1:27. Nauti School on Funafuti
Funafuti
is the largest primary in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
with more than 900 students (45 percent of the total primary school enrolment). The pupil-teacher ratio for Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is low compared to the Pacific region (ratio of 1:29).[138] Community Training Centres (CTCs) have been established within the primary schools on each atoll. The CTCs provide vocational training to students who do not progress beyond Class 8 because they failed the entry qualifications for secondary education. The CTCs offer training in basic carpentry, gardening and farming, sewing and cooking. At the end of their studies the graduates can apply to continue studies either at Motufoua Secondary School
Motufoua Secondary School
or the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Maritime Training Institute (TMTI). Adults can also attend courses at the CTCs.[139] The Tuvaluan Employment Ordinance of 1966 sets the minimum age for paid employment at 14 years and prohibits children under the age of 15 from performing hazardous work.[140] Culture[edit] See also: Tuvaluan mythology

Interior of a maneapa on Funafuti, Tuvalu

Architecture[edit] The traditional buildings of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
used plants and trees from the native broadleaf forest,[141] including timber from: Pouka, (Hernandia peltata); Ngia or Ingia bush, ( Pemphis
Pemphis
acidula); Miro, (Thespesia populnea); Tonga, (Rhizophora mucronata); Fau or Fo fafini, or woman's fibre tree (Hibiscus tiliaceus).[141] and fibre from: coconut; Ferra, native fig ( Ficus
Ficus
aspem); Fala, screw pine or Pandanus.[141] The buildings were constructed without nails and were lashed and tied together with a plaited sennit rope that was handmade from dried coconut fibre.[142] Following contact with Europeans iron products were used including nails and corrugated iron roofing material. Modern building in Tuvalu are constructed from imported building materials including imported timber and concrete.[142] Church and community buildings (maneapa) are usually coated with white paint that is known as lase, which is made by burning a large amount of dead coral with firewood. The whitish powder that is the result is mixed with water and painted on the buildings.[143]

A Tuvaluan dancer at Auckland's Pasifika Festival

Art of Tuvalu[edit] Main article: Art of Tuvalu The women of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
use cowrie and other shells in traditional handicrafts.[144] The artistic traditions of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
have traditionally been expressed in the design of clothing and traditional handicrafts such as the decoration of mats and fans.[144] Crochet
Crochet
(kolose) is one of the art forms practiced by Tuvaluan women.[145] The material culture of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
uses traditional design elements in artefacts used in everyday life such as the design of canoes and fish hooks made from traditional materials. The design of women's skirts (titi), tops (teuga saka), headbands, armbands, and wristbands, which continue to be used in performances of the traditional dance songs of Tuvalu, represents contemporary Tuvaluan art and design.[146] In 2015 an exhibition was held on Funafuti
Funafuti
of the art of Tuvalu, with works that addressed climate change through the eyes of artists and the display of Kope ote olaga (possessions of life), which was a display of the various artefacts of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
culture.[147] Dance and music[edit] Main article: Music of Tuvalu The traditional music of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
consists of a number of dances, including fatele, fakanau and fakaseasea.[148] The fatele, in its modern form, is performed at community events and to celebrate leaders and other prominent individuals, such as the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in September 2012.[149][150][151][152] The Tuvaluan style can be described "as a musical microcosm of Polynesia, where contemporary and older styles co-exist".[148] Cuisine[edit] Main article: Cuisine of Tuvalu The cuisine of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is based on the staple of coconut and the many species of fish found in the ocean and lagoons of the atolls. Desserts made on the islands include coconut and coconut milk, instead of animal milk. The traditional foods eaten in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
are pulaka, taro, bananas, breadfruit and coconut.[153] Tuvaluans also eat seafood, including coconut crab and fish from the lagoon and ocean. A traditional food source is seabirds (taketake or black noddy and akiaki or white tern), with pork being eaten mostly at fateles (or parties with dancing to celebrate events).[105] Pulaka is the main source for carbohydrates. Seafood provides protein. Bananas and breadfruit are supplemental crops. Coconut
Coconut
is used for its juice, to make other beverages and to improve the taste of some dishes.[105] A 1560-square-metre pond was built in 1996 on Vaitupu
Vaitupu
to sustain aquaculture in Tuvalu.[154] Flying fish
Flying fish
are caught as a source of food;[155] and as an exciting activity, using a boat, a butterfly net and a spotlight to attract the flying fish.[105]

Canoe carving on Nanumea

Heritage[edit] The traditional community system still survives to a large extent on Tuvalu. Each family has its own task, or salanga, to perform for the community, such as fishing, house building or defence. The skills of a family are passed on from parents to children. Most islands have their own fusi, community owned shops similar to convenience stores, where canned foods and bags of rice can be purchased. Goods are cheaper and fusis give better prices for their own produce.[105] Another important building is the falekaupule or maneapa the traditional island meeting hall,[156] where important matters are discussed and which is also used for wedding celebrations and community activities such as a fatele involving music, singing and dancing.[105] Falekaupule is also used as the name of the council of elders – the traditional decision making body on each island. Under the Falekaupule Act, Falekaupule means "traditional assembly in each island...composed in accordance with the Aganu of each island". Aganu means traditional customs and culture.[156] Sport and leisure[edit] See also: Tuvaluan records in athletics, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
at the Pacific Games, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
at the Commonwealth Games, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
at the World Championships in Athletics, and Tuvalu
Tuvalu
at the Olympics A traditional sport played in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is kilikiti, which is similar to cricket.[157] A popular sport specific to Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is Ano, which is played with two round balls of 12 cm (5 in) diameter.[105] Ano is a localised version of volleyball, in which the two hard balls made from pandanus leaves are volleyed at great speed with the team members trying to stop the Ano hitting the ground.[158] Traditional sports in the late 19th century were foot racing, lance throwing, quarterstaff fencing and wrestling, although the Christian missionaries disapproved of these activities.[159] The popular sports in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
include kilikiti, Ano, football, futsal, volleyball, handball, basketball and rugby union. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has sports organisations for athletics, badminton, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, football, basketball, rugby union, weightlifting and powerlifting. At the 2013 Pacific Mini Games, Tuau Lapua Lapua won Tuvalu's first gold medal in an international competition in the weightlifting 62 kilogram male snatch. (He also won bronze in the clean and jerk, and obtained the silver medal overall for the combined event.)[160] In 2015 Telupe Iosefa received the first gold medal won by Tuvalu at the Pacific Games in the powerlifting 120 kg male division.[161][162][163]

Tuvalu national football team
Tuvalu national football team
(2011)

Football in Tuvalu
Football in Tuvalu
is played at club and national team level. The Tuvalu national football team
Tuvalu national football team
trains at the Tuvalu Sports Ground
Tuvalu Sports Ground
in Funafuti
Funafuti
and competes in the Pacific Games. The Tuvalu
Tuvalu
National Football Association is an associate member of the Oceania
Oceania
Football Confederation (OFC) and is seeking membership in FIFA.[164][165] The Tuvalu national futsal team
Tuvalu national futsal team
participates in the Oceanian Futsal Championship. A major sporting event is the "Independence Day Sports Festival" held annually on 1 October. The most important sports event within the country is arguably the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Games, which are held yearly since 2008. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
first participated in the Pacific Games
Pacific Games
in 1978 and in the Commonwealth Games in 1998, when a weightlifter attended the games held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[166] Two table tennis players attended the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England;[166] Tuvalu entered competitors in shooting, table tennis and weightlifting at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia;[166] three athletes participated in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, entering the discus, shot put and weightlifting events;[166] and a team of 3 weightlifters and 2 table tennis players attended the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Tuvaluan athletes have also participated in the men's and women's 100 metre
100 metre
sprints at the World Championships in Athletics from 2009. The Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (TASNOC) was recognised as a National Olympic Committee in July 2007. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
entered the Olympic Games for the first time at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China, with a weightlifter and two athletes in the men's and women's 100-metre sprints. A team with athletes in the same events represented Tuvalu
Tuvalu
at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[167] Etimoni Timuani was the sole representative of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 100 m event.[168] Economy and government services[edit] Main article: Economy of Tuvalu Economy[edit]

National Bank of Tuvalu

From 1996 to 2002, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
was one of the best-performing Pacific Island economies and achieved an average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 5.6% per annum. After 2002 economic growth slowed, with GDP growth of 1.5% in 2008. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
was exposed to rapid rises in world prices of fuel and food in 2008, with the level of inflation peaking at 13.4%.[137] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
joined the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) on 24 June 2010.[169] The IMP 2010 Report on Tuvalu
Tuvalu
estimates that Tuvalu experienced zero growth in its 2010 GDP, after the economy contracted by about 2% in 2009.[137] On 5 August 2012, the Executive Board of the IMF concluded the Article IV consultation with Tuvalu, and assessed the economy of Tuvalu: "A slow recovery is underway in Tuvalu, but there are important risks. GDP grew in 2011 for the first time since the global financial crisis, led by the private retail sector and education spending. We expect growth to rise slowly".[170] The IMF 2014 Country Report noted that real GDP growth in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
had been volatile averaging only 1 percent in the past decade. The 2014 Country Report describes economic growth prospects as generally positive as the result of large revenues from fishing licenses, together with substantial foreign aid.[171] While a budget deficit of A$0.4 million was projected for 2015, the Asian Development Bank
Asian Development Bank
(ADB) assessed the budget as being A$14.3m in surplus as the result of high tuna fish license fees. The ADB predicted that the 2% growth rate for 2015 would continue into 2016.[172] Nonetheless, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has the smallest GDP of any sovereign nation in the world.[173] Banking services are provided by the National Bank of Tuvalu. Public sector workers make up about 65% of those formally employed. Remittances from Tuvaluans living in Australia
Australia
and New Zealand, and remittances from Tuvaluan sailors employed on overseas ships are important sources of income for Tuvaluans.[174] Approximately 15% of adult males work as seamen on foreign-flagged merchant ships. Agriculture in Tuvalu
Agriculture in Tuvalu
is focused on coconut trees and growing pulaka in large pits of composted soil below the water table. Tuvaluans are otherwise involved in traditional subsistence agriculture and fishing. Tuvaluans are well known for their seafaring skills, with the Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute on Amatuku
Amatuku
motu (island), Funafuti, providing training to approximately 120 marine cadets each year so that they have the skills necessary for employment as seafarers on merchant shipping. The Tuvalu Overseas Seamen's Union (TOSU) is the only registered trade union in Tuvalu. It represents workers on foreign ships. The Asian Development Bank
Asian Development Bank
(ADB) estimates that 800 Tuvaluan men are trained, certified and active as seafarers. The ADB estimates that, at any one time, about 15% of the adult male population works abroad as seafarers.[175] Job opportunities also exist as observers on tuna boats where the role is to monitor compliance with the boat's tuna fishing licence.[176] Government revenues largely come from sales of fishing licenses, income from the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Trust Fund, and from the lease of its .tv Internet
Internet
Top Level Domain (TLD). In 1998, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
began deriving revenue from the use of its area code for premium-rate telephone numbers and from the commercialisation of its ".tv" Internet
Internet
domain name,[177] which is now managed by Verisign
Verisign
until 2021.[178] Tuvalu also generates income from stamps by the Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau
Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau
and income from the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Ship Registry. The Tuvalu Trust Fund
Tuvalu Trust Fund
was established in 1987 by the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The value of the Tuvalu Trust Fund
Tuvalu Trust Fund
is approximately $100 million.[137][179] Financial support to Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is also provided by Japan, South Korea and the European Union. Australia and New Zealand
New Zealand
continue to contribute capital to the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Trust Fund and provide other forms of development assistance.[174] The US government
US government
is also a major revenue source for Tuvalu. In 1999 the payment from the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT) was about $9 million, with the value increasing in the following years. In May 2013 representatives from the United States
United States
and the Pacific Islands countries agreed to sign interim arrangement documents to extend the Multilateral Fisheries Treaty (which encompasses the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) for 18 months.[180] The United Nations
United Nations
designates Tuvalu
Tuvalu
as a least developed country (LDC) because of its limited potential for economic development, absence of exploitable resources and its small size and vulnerability to external economic and environmental shocks.[181] Tuvalu participates in the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries (EIF), which was established in October 1997 under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation.[182] In 2013 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
deferred its graduation from least developed country (LDC) status to a developing country to 2015. Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga
Enele Sopoaga
said that this deferral was necessary to maintain access by Tuvalu
Tuvalu
to the funds provided by the United Nations's National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), as "Once Tuvalu
Tuvalu
graduates to a developed country, it will not be considered for funding assistance for climate change adaptation programmes like NAPA, which only goes to LDCs". Tuvalu
Tuvalu
had met targets so that Tuvalu
Tuvalu
was to graduate from LDC status. Prime minister Enele Sopoaga
Enele Sopoaga
wants the United Nations
United Nations
to reconsider its criteria for graduation from LDC status as not enough weight is given to the environmental plight of small island states like Tuvalu
Tuvalu
in the application of the Environmental Vulnerability Index
Environmental Vulnerability Index
(EVI).[183] Tourism[edit]

Funafuti
Funafuti
lagoon (Te Namo)

See also: Funafuti
Funafuti
Conservation Area, Public holidays in Tuvalu, and Visa policy of Tuvalu Due to the country's remoteness, tourism is not significant. Visitors totalled 1,684 in 2010, 65% were on business, development officials or technical consultants, 20% were tourists (360 people), and 11% were expatriates returning to visit family.[184] In 2016 the number of visitors had increased to 2,000.[185] The main island of Funafuti
Funafuti
is the focus of travellers, since the only airport in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is the Funafuti
Funafuti
International Airport and the island has hotel facilities.[186] Ecotourism
Ecotourism
is a motivation of travellers to Tuvalu. The Funafuti
Funafuti
Conservation Area consists of 12.74 square miles (33.00 square kilometres) of ocean, reef, lagoon, channel and six uninhabited islets. The outer atolls can be visited on the two passenger-cargo ships, Nivaga III and Manú Folau, which provide round-trip visits to the outer islands every three or four weeks. There is guesthouse accommodation on many of the outer islands. Telecommunications and media[edit] Main article: Telecommunications in Tuvalu See also: List of newspapers in Tuvalu The Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Media Department of the Government of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
operates Radio Tuvalu
Tuvalu
which broadcasts from Funafuti.[187] In 2011 the Japanese government provided financial support to construct a new AM broadcast studio. The installation of upgraded transmission equipment allows Radio Tuvalu
Tuvalu
to be heard on all nine islands of Tuvalu. The new AM radio transmitter on Funafuti
Funafuti
replaced the FM radio service to the outer islands and freed up satellite bandwidth for mobile services.[184] Fenui – news from Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is a free digital publication of the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Media Department that is emailed to subscribers and operates a Facebook page, which publishes news about government activities and news about Tuvaluan events. The Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation
Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation
(TTC), a state-owned enterprise, provides fixed line telephone communications to subscribers on each island, mobile phone services on Funafuti, Vaitupu and Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
and is a distributor of the Fiji
Fiji
Television service ( Sky Pacific
Sky Pacific
satellite television service).[184] Communications in Tuvalu rely on satellite dishes for telephone and internet access. The available bandwidth is only 512 kbit/s uplink, and 1.5 Mbit/s downlink. Throughout Tuvalu
Tuvalu
are more than 900 subscribers who want to use the satellite service, with demand slowing down the speed of the system.[188] Transport[edit]

Manu Folau off Vaitupu
Vaitupu
atoll (2006)

Transport services in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
are limited. There are about eight kilometres (5 miles) of roads.[108] The streets of Funafuti
Funafuti
were paved in mid-2002 but other roads are unpaved. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is among a few countries that do not have railroads. Funafuti
Funafuti
is the only port but there is a deep-water berth in the lagoon at Nukufetau. The merchant marine fleet consists of two passenger/cargo ships Nivaga III and Manu Folau. The Nivaga III and Manu Folau provide round trip visits to the outer islands every three or four weeks and travel between Suva, Fiji
Fiji
and Funafuti
Funafuti
3 to 4 times a year. The Manu Folau is a 50-metre vessel that was a gift from Japan to the people of Tuvalu. In 2015 the United Nations
United Nations
Development Program (UNDP) assisted the government of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
to acquire MV Talamoana, a 30-metre vessel that will be used to implement Tuvalu's National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) to transport government officials and project personnel to the outer islands.[189] In 2015 the Nivaga III was donated by the government of Japan; it replaced the Nivaga II, which had serviced Tuvalu
Tuvalu
from 1989.[190][191] The single airport is Funafuti
Funafuti
International Airport. It is a tarred strip. Fiji
Fiji
Airways, the owner of Fiji
Fiji
Airlines (trading as Fiji
Fiji
Link) operates services 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) between Suva
Suva
(originating from Nadi) and Funafuti
Funafuti
with ATR 72–600, a 68-seat plane. Geography and environment[edit] Main article: Geography of Tuvalu See also: Agriculture in Tuvalu Geography[edit]

A beach at Funafuti
Funafuti
atoll.

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is a volcanic archipelago and consists of three reef islands: Nanumanga, Niutao, Niulakita
Niulakita
and six true atolls: Funafuti, Nanumea, Nui, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
and Vaitupu.[192] Its small, scattered group of atolls have poor soil and a total land area of only about 26 square kilometres (10 square miles) making it the fourth smallest country in the world. Over 4 decades, there had been a net increase in land area of the islets of 73.5 ha (2.9%), although the changes are not uniform, with 74% increasing and 27% decreasing in size. The sea level at the Funafuti
Funafuti
tide gauge has risen at 3.9 mm per year, which is approximately twice the global average.[193] The rising sea levels are identified as creating an increased transfer of wave energy across reef surfaces, which shifts sand, resulting in accretion to island shorelines,[194] although this process does not result in additional habitable land.[195] Funafuti
Funafuti
is the largest atoll and comprises numerous islets around a central lagoon that is approximately 25.1 kilometres (15.6 miles) (N–S) by 18.4 kilometres (11.4 miles) (W-E), centred on 179°7'E and 8°30'S. On the atolls, an annular reef rim surrounds the lagoon with several natural reef channels.[196] Surveys were carried out in May 2010 of the reef habitats of Nanumea, Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
and Funafuti
Funafuti
and a total of 317 fish species were recorded during this Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Marine Life study. The surveys identified 66 species that had not previously been recorded in Tuvalu, which brings the total number of identified species to 607.[197][198] Tuvalu's Exclusive Economic Zone
Exclusive Economic Zone
(EEZ) covers an oceanic area of approximately 900,000 km2.[199] Climate[edit] See also: 2011 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
drought

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Meteorological Service, Fongafale, Funafuti
Funafuti
atoll

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
experiences two distinct seasons, a wet season from November to April and a dry season from May to October.[200] Westerly gales and heavy rain are the predominate weather conditions from October to March, the period that is known as Tau-o-lalo, with tropical temperatures moderated by easterly winds from April to November. Tuvalu
Tuvalu
experiences the effects of El Niño
El Niño
and La Niña, which is caused by changes in ocean temperatures in the equatorial and central Pacific. El Niño
El Niño
effects increase the chances of tropical storms and cyclones, while La Niña
La Niña
effects increase the chances of drought. Typically the islands of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
receive between 200 to 400 mm (8 to 16 in) of rainfall per month. However, in 2011 a weak La Niña effect caused a drought by cooling the surface of the sea around Tuvalu. A state of emergency was declared on 28 September 2011, with rationing of fresh-water on the islands of Funafuti
Funafuti
and Nukulaelae.[201][202][203] Households on Funafuti
Funafuti
and Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
were restricted to two buckets of fresh water per day (40 litres).[204][205] The governments of Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
responded to the 2011 fresh-water crisis by supplying temporary desalination plants,[206][207][208] and assisted in the repair of the existing desalination unit that was donated by Japan
Japan
in 2006.[209] In response to the 2011 drought, Japan
Japan
funded the purchase of a 100 m3/d desalination plant and two portable 10 m3/d plants as part of its Pacific Environment Community (PEC) program.[210][211] Aid programs from the European Union[212][213] and Australia
Australia
also provided water tanks as part of the longer term solution for the storage of available fresh water.[214] The La Niña
La Niña
event that caused the drought ended in April–May 2012.[215] The central Pacific Ocean experiences changes from periods of La Niña
La Niña
to periods of El Niño;[216] In June 2015 the Tuvalu Meteorological Service
Tuvalu Meteorological Service
announced that an El Niño
El Niño
event had arrived in Tuvalu.[217]

Climate data for Funafuti

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 31 (87) 30 (86) 30 (86) 31 (87) 31 (87) 30 (86) 30 (86) 30 (86) 30 (86) 31 (87) 31 (87) 31 (87) 30.3 (86.5)

Average low °C (°F) 27 (81) 27 (81) 27 (81) 27 (81) 28 (82) 27 (81) 27 (81) 27 (81) 27 (81) 27 (81) 27 (81) 27 (81) 26.9 (80.5)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 389 (15.3) 353 (13.9) 315 (12.4) 250 (10) 236 (9.3) 236 (9.3) 264 (10.4) 249 (9.8) 231 (9.1) 267 (10.5) 277 (10.9) 394 (15.5) 3,498 (137.7)

Source: Weatherbase[218]

Environmental pressures[edit]

A wharf and beach at Funafuti
Funafuti
atoll

The eastern shoreline of Funafuti
Funafuti
Lagoon was modified during World War II when the airfield (what is now Funafuti
Funafuti
International Airport) was constructed. The coral base of the atoll was used as fill to create the runway. The resulting borrow pits impacted the fresh-water aquifer. In the low areas of Funafuti
Funafuti
the sea water can be seen bubbling up through the porous coral rock to form pools with each high tide.[219][220][221] Since 1994 a project has been in development to assess the environmental impact of transporting sand from the lagoon to fill all the borrow pits and low-lying areas on Fongafale. In 2014 the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Borrow Pits Remediation (BPR) project was approved in order to fill 10 borrow pits, leaving Tafua Pond, which is a natural pond.[222] The New Zealand
New Zealand
Government funded the BPR project.[223] The project was carried out in 2015 with 365,000 sqm of sand being dredged from the lagoon to fill the holes and improve living conditions on the island. This project increased the usable land space on Fongafale
Fongafale
by eight per cent.[224] During World War II several piers were also constructed on Fongafale in the Funafuti
Funafuti
Lagoon; beach areas were filled and deep water access channels were excavated. These alterations to the reef and shoreline resulted in changes to wave patterns with less sand accumulating to form the beaches as compared to former times and the shoreline is now exposed to wave action.[225] Several attempts to stabilise the shoreline have not achieved the desired effect.[226] The reefs at Funafuti
Funafuti
have suffered damage, with 80 per cent of the coral becoming bleached as a consequence of the increase in ocean temperatures and ocean acidification.[227] The coral bleaching, which includes staghorn corals, is attributed to the increase in water temperature that occurred during the El Niños that occurred from 1998–2000 and from 2000–2001.[228] A reef restoration project has investigated reef restoration techniques;[229] and researchers from Japan
Japan
have investigated rebuilding the coral reefs through the introduction of foraminifera.[230] The project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency is designed to increase the resilience of the Tuvalu
Tuvalu
coast against sea level rise through ecosystem rehabilitation and regeneration and through support for sand production.[231] The rising population has resulted in an increased demand on fish stocks, which are under stress;[227] although the creation of the Funafuti
Funafuti
Conservation Area has provided a fishing exclusion area to help sustain the fish population across the Funafuti
Funafuti
lagoon. Population pressure on the resources of Funafuti
Funafuti
and inadequate sanitation systems have resulted in pollution.[232][233] The Waste Operations and Services Act of 2009 provides the legal framework for waste management and pollution control projects funded by the European Union directed at organic waste composting in eco-sanitation systems.[213] The Environment Protection (Litter and Waste Control) Regulation 2013 is intended to improve the management of the importation of non-biodegradable materials.[234] In Tuvalu
Tuvalu
plastic waste is a problem as much imported food and other commodities are supplied in plastic containers or packaging. Water and sanitation[edit] Rainwater harvesting is the principal source of freshwater in Tuvalu. Nukufetau, Vaitupu
Vaitupu
and Nanumea
Nanumea
are the only islands with sustainable groundwater supplies. The effectiveness of rainwater harvesting is diminished because of poor maintenance of roofs, gutters and pipes.[184][235] Aid programmes of Australia
Australia
and the European Union have been directed to improving the storage capacity on Funafuti
Funafuti
and in the outer islands.[212] Reverse osmosis (R/O) desalination units supplement rainwater harvesting on Funafuti. The 65 m3 desalination plant operates at a real production level of around 40 m3 per day. R/O water is only intended to be produced when storage falls below 30%, however demand to replenish household storage supplies with tanker-delivered water means that the R/O desalination units are continually operating. Water is delivered at a cost of A$3.50 per m3. Cost of production and delivery has been estimated at A$6 per m3, with the difference subsidised by the government.[184] In July 2012 a United Nations
United Nations
Special
Special
Rapporteur called on the Tuvalu Government to develop a national water strategy to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation.[236][237] In 2012, Tuvalu developed a National Water Resources Policy under the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Project and the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, which are sponsored by the Global Environment Fund/SOPAC. Government water planning has established a target of between 50 and 100L of water per person per day accounting for drinking water, cleaning, community and cultural activities.[184] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is working with the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) to implement composting toilets and to improve the treatment of sewage sludge from septic tanks on Fongafale
Fongafale
as septic tanks are leaking into the freshwater lens in the sub-surface of the atoll as well as the ocean and lagoon. Composting toilets reduce water use by up to 30%.[184] Cyclones
Cyclones
and king tides[edit] Cyclones[edit]

Ocean side of Funafuti
Funafuti
atoll showing the storm dunes, the highest point on the atoll.

Because of the low elevation, the islands that make up this nation are vulnerable to the effects of tropical cyclones and by the threat of current and future sea level rise.[232][238][239] A warning system, which uses the Iridium satellite network, was introduced in 2016 in order to allow outlying islands to be better prepared for natural disasters.[240] The highest elevation is 4.6 metres (15 ft) above sea level on Niulakita,[241] which gives Tuvalu
Tuvalu
the second-lowest maximum elevation of any country (after the Maldives). The highest elevations are typically in narrow storm dunes on the ocean side of the islands which are prone to overtopping in tropical cyclones, as occurred with Cyclone
Cyclone
Bebe, which was a very early-season storm that passed through the Tuvaluan atolls in October 1972.[242] Cyclone
Cyclone
Bebe submerged Funafuti, eliminating 90% of structures on the island. Sources of drinking water were contaminated as a result of the system's storm surge and the flooding of the sources of fresh water. George Westbrook, a trader on Funafuti, recorded a cyclone that struck Funafuti
Funafuti
in 1883.[243] A cyclone caused severe damage to the islands in 1894.[244] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
experienced an average of three cyclones per decade between the 1940s and 1970s, however eight occurred in the 1980s.[245] The impact of individual cyclones is subject to variables including the force of the winds and also whether a cyclone coincides with high tides. Cyclone
Cyclone
Bebe in 1972 caused severe damage to Funafuti.[246] Funafuti's Tepuka Vili Vili islet was devastated by Cyclone
Cyclone
Meli in 1979, with all its vegetation and most of its sand swept away during the cyclone.[247] Along with a tropical depression that affected the islands a few days later, Severe Tropical Cyclone
Cyclone
Ofa had a major impact on Tuvalu
Tuvalu
with most islands reporting damage to vegetation and crops.[248][249] Cyclone
Cyclone
Gavin was first identified during 2 March 1997, and was the first of three tropical cyclones to affect Tuvalu during the 1996–97 cyclone season with Cyclones
Cyclones
Hina and Keli following later in the season. In March 2015, the winds and storm surge created by Cyclone
Cyclone
Pam resulted in waves of 3 metres (9.8 ft) to 5 metres (16 ft) breaking over the reef of the outer islands caused damage to houses, crops and infrastructure.[250][251] On Nui the sources of fresh water were destroyed or contaminated.[252][253][254] The flooding in Nui and Nukufetau
Nukufetau
caused many families to shelter in evacuation centres or with other families.[255] Nui suffered the most damage of the three central islands (Nui, Nukufetau
Nukufetau
and Vaitupu);[256] with both Nui and Nukufetau
Nukufetau
suffering the loss of 90% of the crops.[257] Of the three northern islands (Nanumanga, Niutao, Nanumea), Nanumanga
Nanumanga
suffered the most damage, with 60–100 houses flooded, with the waves also causing damage to the health facility.[257] Vasafua
Vasafua
islet, part of the Funafuti
Funafuti
Conservation Area, was severely damaged by Cyclone
Cyclone
Pam. The coconut palms were washed away, leaving the islet as a sand bar.[258][259] The Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Government carried out assessments of the damage caused by Cyclone
Cyclone
Pam to the islands and has provided medical aid, food as well as assistance for the cleaning-up of storm debris. Government and Non-Government Organisations provided assistance technical, funding and material support to Tuvalu
Tuvalu
to assist with recovery, including WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, OCHA, World Bank, DFAT, New Zealand
New Zealand
Red Cross & IFRC, Fiji
Fiji
National University and governments of New Zealand, Netherlands, UAE, Taiwan and the United States.[260] King tides[edit] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is also affected by perigean spring tide events which raise the sea level higher than a normal high tide.[261] The highest peak tide recorded by the Tuvalu Meteorological Service
Tuvalu Meteorological Service
was 3.4 metres (11 ft) on 24 February 2006 and again on 19 February 2015.[262] As a result of historical sea level rise, the king tide events lead to flooding of low-lying areas, which is compounded when sea levels are further raised by La Niña
La Niña
effects or local storms and waves.[263] Impact of climate change[edit] Main articles: Climate change in Tuvalu
Climate change in Tuvalu
and Renewable energy in Tuvalu Challenges Tuvalu
Tuvalu
faces as a result of climate change[edit] As low-lying islands lacking a surrounding shallow shelf, the communities of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
are especially susceptible to changes in sea level and undissipated storms.[264][265][266] At its highest, Tuvalu is only 4.6 metres (15 ft) above sea level, and Tuvaluan leaders have been concerned about the effects of rising sea levels for a few years.[267] It is estimated that a sea level rise of 20–40 centimetres (8–16 inches) in the next 100 years could make Tuvalu uninhabitable.[268][269] Whether there are measurable changes in the sea level relative to the islands of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is a contentious issue.[270][271] There were problems associated with the pre-1993 sea level records from Funafuti which resulted in improvements in the recording technology to provide more reliable data for analysis.[269] The degree of uncertainty as to estimates of sea level change relative to the islands of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
was reflected in the conclusions made in 2002 from the available data.[269] The uncertainty as to the accuracy of the data from this tide gauge resulted in a modern Aquatrak acoustic gauge being installed in 1993 by the Australian National Tidal Facility (NTF) as part of the AusAID-sponsored South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project.[272] The 2011 report of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program published by the Australian Government,[273] concludes: "The sea-level rise near Tuvalu
Tuvalu
measured by satellite altimeters since 1993 is about 5 mm (0.2 in) per year."[274] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
has adopted a national plan of action as the observable transformations over the last ten to fifteen years show Tuvaluans that there have been changes to the sea levels.[275] These include sea water bubbling up through the porous coral rock to form pools at high tide and the flooding of low-lying areas including the airport during spring tides and king tides.[219][220][221][276][277][278] The atolls have shown resilience to gradual sea-level rise, with atolls and reef islands being able to grow under current climate conditions by generating sufficient sand and coral debris that accumulates and gets dumped on the islands during cyclones.[279][280][281][282][283] Gradual sea-level rise also allows for coral polyp activity to increase the reefs. However, if the increase in sea level occurs at faster rate as compared to coral growth,[284] or if polyp activity is damaged by ocean acidification, then the resilience of the atolls and reef islands is less certain.[285] The 2011 report of Pacific Climate Change Science Program of Australia
Australia
concludes, in relation to Tuvalu,[200] states the conclusions that over the course of the 21st century:

Surface air temperatures and sea‑surface temperatures are projected to continually increase (very high confidence).[274] Annual and seasonal mean rainfalls are projected to increase (high confidence).[274] The intensity and frequency of extreme heat days are projected to increase (very high confidence).[274] The intensity and frequency of extreme rainfall days are projected to increase (high confidence).[274] The incidence of drought is projected to decrease (moderate confidence).[274] Tropical cyclone
Tropical cyclone
numbers are projected to decline in the south-east Pacific Ocean basin (0–40ºS, 170ºE–130ºW) (moderate confidence).[274] Ocean acidification
Ocean acidification
is projected to continue (very high confidence).[274] Mean sea-level rise is projected to continue (very high confidence).[274]

The South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) suggests that, while Tuvalu
Tuvalu
is vulnerable to climate change, environmental problems such as population growth and poor coastal management also affect sustainable development. SOPAC ranks the country as extremely vulnerable using the Environmental Vulnerability Index. While some commentators have called for the relocation of Tuvalu's population to Australia, New Zealand
New Zealand
or Kioa
Kioa
in Fiji,[286] in 2006 Maatia Toafa (Prime Minister from 2004–2006) said his government did not regard rising sea levels as such a threat that the entire population would need to be evacuated.[287][288] In 2013 Enele Sopoaga, the prime minister of Tuvalu, said that relocating Tuvaluans to avoid the impact of sea level rise "should never be an option because it is self defeating in itself. For Tuvalu
Tuvalu
I think we really need to mobilise public opinion in the Pacific as well as in the [rest of] world to really talk to their lawmakers to please have some sort of moral obligation and things like that to do the right thing."[289] 2015 United Nations
United Nations
Climate Change Conference (COP21)[edit] Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga
Enele Sopoaga
said at the 2015 United Nations
United Nations
Climate Change Conference (COP21) that the goal for COP21 should be a global temperature goal of below 1.5 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels, which is the position of the Alliance of Small Island States.[290] Prime Minister Sopoaga said in his speech to the meeting of heads of state and government:

“ Tuvalu’s future at current warming, is already bleak, any further temperature increase will spell the total demise of Tuvalu…. For Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others, setting a global temperature goal of below 1.5 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels is critical. I call on the people of Europe to think carefully about their obsession with 2 degrees. Surely, we must aim for the best future we can deliver and not a weak compromise.[291] ”

His speech concluded with the plea:

“ Let’s do it for Tuvalu. For if we save Tuvalu
Tuvalu
we save the world.[291] ”

The participating countries agreed to reduce their carbon output "as soon as possible" and to do their best to keep global warming "to well below 2 degrees C".[292] Enele Sopoaga
Enele Sopoaga
described the important outcomes of COP21 as including the stand-alone provision for assistance to small island states and some of the least developed countries for loss and damage resulting from climate change and the ambition of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.[293] Filmography and bibliography[edit] Filmography[edit] Documentary films about Tuvalu:

Tu Toko Tasi (Stand by Yourself) (2000) Conrad Mill, a Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) production.[294] Paradise Domain – Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(Director: Joost De Haas, Bullfrog Films/TVE 2001) 25:52 minutes – YouTube video.[220] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
island tales (A Tale of two Islands) (Director: Michel Lippitsch) 34 minutes – YouTube video. The Disappearing of Tuvalu: Trouble in Paradise (2004) by Christopher Horner and Gilliane Le Gallic.[295] Paradise Drowned: Tuvalu, the Disappearing Nation (2004) Written and produced by Wayne Tourell. Directed by Mike O'Connor, Savana Jones-Middleton and Wayne Tourell.[296] Going Under (2004) by Franny Armstrong, Spanner Films.[220] Before the Flood: Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(2005) by Paul Lindsay (Storyville/BBC Four).[220] Time and Tide (2005) by Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman, Wavecrest Films.[297] Tuvalu: That Sinking Feeling (2005) by Elizabeth Pollock from PBS Rough Cut Atlantis Approaching (2006) by Elizabeth Pollock, Blue Marble Productions.[298] King Tide The Sinking of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(2007) by Juriaan Booij.[299] Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(Director: Aaron Smith, ‘Hungry Beast’ program, ABC June 2011) 6:40 minutes – YouTube video. Tuvalu: Renewable Energy in the Pacific Islands Series (2012) a production of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and SPREP 10 minutes – YouTube video. Mission Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(Missie Tuvalu) (2013) feature documentary directed by Jeroen van den Kroonenberg.[300] Thule Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(2014) by Matthias von Gunten, HesseGreutert Film/OdysseyFilm.[301]

Bibliography[edit]

Bibliography of Tuvalu

Further reading[edit]

Lonely Planet Guide: South Pacific & Micronesia, by various.ISBN 1786572184 ISBN 978-1786572189 Chalkley, John, (1999) Vaitupu
Vaitupu
– two years on a remote Polynesian atoll, Matuku Publications. ISBN 9780953487608 ISBN 0953487601 Ells, Philip, (2008) Where the Hell is Tuvalu? Virgin Books. ISBN 0753511304 ISBN 978-0753511305 Watling, Dick, (2003) A Guide to the Birds of Fiji
Fiji
and Western Polynesia: Including American Samoa, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and Wallis and Futuna, Environmental Consultants (Fiji) Ltd; 2nd edition. ISBN 9829030040 ISBN 9789829030047

Culture, Customs and Traditions

Barkås, Sandra Iren, Alofa – Expressions of Love: Change and Continuity in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(2013) Brady, Ivan, (1972) Kinship Reciprocity in the Ellice Islands, Journal of Polynesian Society 81:3, 290–316 Brady, Ivan, (1974) Land Tenure in the Ellice Islands, in Henry P. Lundsaarde (ed). Land Tenure in Oceania, Honolulu, University Press of Hawaii. ISBN 0824803213 ISBN 9780824803216 Chambers, Keith & Anne Chambers, (January 2001) Unity of Heart: Culture and Change in a Polynesian Atoll
Atoll
Society, Waveland Pr Inc. ISBN 1577661664 ISBN 978-1577661665 Corlew, Laura Kati (May 2012). The cultural impacts of climate change (PDF) (Ph.D.). University of Hawaii. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  Kennedy, Donald Gilbert, Field notes on the culture of Vaitupu, Ellice Islands (1931): Thomas Avery & Sons, New Plymouth, N.Z. Kennedy, Donald Gilbert, Land tenure in the Ellice Islands, Journal of the Polynesian Society., Vol. 64, no. 4 (Dec. 1953):348–358. Koch, Gerd, (1961) Die Materielle Kulture der Ellice-Inseln, Berlin: Museum fur Volkerkunde; The English translation by Guy Slatter, was published as The Material Culture of Tuvalu, University of the South Pacific in Suva
Suva
(1981) ASIN B0000EE805.

History

Hedley, Charles (1896). "General account of the Atoll
Atoll
of Funafuti" (PDF). Australian Museum
Australian Museum
Memoir. 3 (2): 1–72.  Tuvalu: A History (1983) Isala, Tito and Larcy, Hugh (eds.), Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific
University of the South Pacific
and Government of Tuvalu. Bedford, R., Macdonald, B., & Munro, D., (1980) Population estimates for Kiribati
Kiribati
and Tuvalu, 1850–1900: Review and speculation, Journal of the Polynesian Society, 89, 199–246. Bollard, AE., (1981) The financial adventures of J. C. Godeffroy and Son in the Pacific, Journal of Pacific History, 16: 3–19. Firth, S., (1973) German firms in the Western Pacific Islands, 1857–1914, Journal of Pacific History, 8: 10–28. Geddes, W. H., Chambers, A., Sewell, B., Lawrence, R., & Watters, R. (1982) Islands on the Line, team report. Atoll
Atoll
economy: Social change in Kiribati
Kiribati
and Tuvalu, No. 1, Canberra: Australian National University, Development Studies Centre. Goodall, N. (1954) A history of the London Missionary Society 1895–1945, London: Oxford University Press. Macdonald, Barrie, (1971) Local government in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands 1892–1969 – part 1, Journal of Administration Overseas, 10, 280–293. Macdonald, Barrie, (1972) Local government in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands 1892–1969 – part 2, Journal of Administration Overseas, 11, 11–27. Macdonald, Barrie, (2001) Cinderellas of the Empire: towards a history of Kiribati
Kiribati
and Tuvalu, Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. ISBN 982-02-0335-X (Australian National University Press, first published 1982). Munro, D, Firth, S., (1986) Towards colonial protectorates: the case of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 32: 63–71. Maude, H. E., (1949) The Co-operative Movement in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands (Technical Paper No. 1), South Pacific Commission, Sydney. Suamalie N.T. Iosefa, Doug Munro, Niko Besnier, (1991) Tala O Niuoku, Te: the German Plantation on Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
Atoll
Atoll
1865–1890, Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies. ISBN 9820200733. Pulekai A. Sogivalu, (1992) A Brief History of Niutao, Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies. ISBN 982020058X.

Language

Vaiaso ote Gana, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Language Week Education Resource 2016 (New Zealand Ministry for Pacific Peoples) Besnier, Niko, (1995) Literacy, Emotion and Authority: Reading and Writing on a Polynesian Atoll, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521485398 ISBN 978-0521485395 Besnier, Niko, (2000) Tuvaluan: A Polynesian Language of the Central Pacific. (Descriptive Grammars) Routledge ISBN 0415024560 ISBN 978-0415024563. Jackson, Geoff W. & Jenny Jackson, (1999) An Introduction to Tuvaluan. ISBN 9829027023 ISBN 978-9829027023. Jackson, Geoff W., (1994) Te Tikisionale O Te Gana Tuvalu, A Tuvaluan-English Dictionary, Suva, Fiji, Oceania
Oceania
Printers. ASIN: B0006F7FNY Kennedy, Donald Gilbert, Te ngangana a te Tuvalu
Tuvalu
– Handbook on the language of the Ellice Islands (1946) Websdale, Shoosmith, Sydney N.S.W.

Music and Dance

Christensen, Dieter, (1964) Old Musical Styles in the Ellice Islands, Western Polynesia, Ethnomusicology, 8:1, 34–40. Christensen, Dieter and Gerd Koch, (1964) Die Musik der Ellice-Inseln, Berlin: Museum fur Volkerkunde. Koch, Gerd, (2000) Songs of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
(translated by Guy Slatter), Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific. ISBN 9820203147 ISBN 978-9820203143

External links[edit]

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
portal Oceania
Oceania
portal Commonwealth realms portal

Te Kakeega III – National Strategy for Sustainable Development-2016-2020 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
from UCB Libraries GovPubs Tuvalu
Tuvalu
at Curlie (based on DMOZ) Tuvalu
Tuvalu
profile from the BBC News "Tuvalu". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency.  Wikimedia Atlas of Tuvalu

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Tuvalu
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