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Engaging community in developing an evidence-based strategy for adapting to sea-level rise and its impact on water resources on Lifuka Island, Tonga.

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Water resources, social and coastal assessments have been carried out on the island of Lifuka, Ha’apai Group, Tonga to the identify the potential impact on the communities, their assets and their island due to a recent sea level rise of approximately 23 cm. The impact of this rise and the adaptation strategies that the community have adopted and options they have will be a useful case study for other low lying island countries faced with the prospect sea level rise in response to climate change. In May 2006 an earthquake induced subsidence occurred on the island of Lifuka, Tonga.

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