Also, high intense waves coupled with cyclones can be extremely destructive to Small Island States (SIDS) such as Tuvalu. A recent study states that cyclone events can generate waves between 3 to 4+ meters, as in the case of the 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam during which high waves destroyed homes, crops and livelihoods, and displaced 45 percent of Tuvalu’s population.
Given the current climate trajectory, scientists from various disciplines predict that Tuvalu could become uninhabitable in the next 50 to 100 years. However, locals feel that is optimistic. Especially the students of Fetuvalu, who fear that a day will come when the whole of Tuvalu will be stolen by the sea due to sea level rise and coastal erosion, and this could be sooner than predicted.
For UNDP, any development dealing with sea level rise and climate change in Tuvalu (and perhaps in other parts of the world) would require working together with the local communities and its marginalized members to discover the ‘unknown from the known’ - knowledge that is out there, everyone’s aware of it, but whose existence, relevance and value has not been realized. Harnessing such knowledge systems could potentially lead to ‘inclusive climate resilient development’. Considering the current climate tragedy that Tuvaluans are faced with, in the next post I will look at another key insight, specifically focusing on local solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation.
 a tiny speck of land, surrounded by a vast ocean, far away from a lot of the usual hallmarks of modern life.