Figure 9: Typical section of Seabee revetment
Figure 10: Concept sketch of concrete RTB unit
Mr. Toai Vevea, an Island Council member of Nanumea, stated that since “there is no coastal engineer with technical skills on the island to assess and contribute to the concept design and to make comments on the appropriate coastal adaptation measures for Nanumea, the people of Nanumea will put their trust on UNDP country office, TCAP team and partners to do what is best for Nanumea. God will see all the efforts you put in for the coastal protection of Nanumea and will bless everyone who contribute to the good work done for our people.”
“The project has received all two letters from the two island communities of Nanumea and Nanumaga, agreeing to the construction of protective measures for their islands” said the TCAP Project Manager Alan Resture. “The Government of Tuvalu also signed the agreement letter for the land reclamation works on Funafuti. Having these three letters is important for the project, as it gives TCAP permission to proceed with coastal protection works. What remains now is the public notification for the land reclamation works on Funafuti, which the project is awaiting advice from the Attorney General’s Office”.
The people of Tuvalu have done very little to contribute to climate change, yet they are some of the most vulnerable to its effects.
This project is an important opportunity for the Government of Tuvalu to support a climate resilient future, protect its economic and social sectors from rising seas, and build towards achieving Nationally Determined Contributions and other important goals that will support this nation well into the 21st century.