Adapting to Rising Sea Levels in the Marshall Islands


The Marshall Islands is an indendent country near the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, slightly west of the International Date Line. It shares maritime boundaries with Wake Island to the north, Kiribati to the southeast, Nauru to the south, and Federated States of Micronesia to the west.

Made up of 29 atolls, 5 islands and 1,225 islets which form two major islands chains, Majuro Atoll is the political, economic and yachting centre of the Marshall Islands.

Ranked the fourth-least visited country in the world, the Marshall Islands is perhaps the last frontier of yachting with pristine vibrant ecosystems. Over 250 species of reef fish, 180 species of coral, 27 species of marine mammals and all 5 species of turtles can be observed throughout the archipelago. It is also the largest shark sanctuary in the world.


The World Bank has produced a five-minute video about future ocean inundation scenarios for Majuro Atoll. The video is part of a study produced jointly by the World Bank and the RMI government called “Adapting to Rising Sea Levels in the Marshall Islands.” It provides visual projections about the flooding that is forecast to occur as sea levels continue to rise. It also suggests possible options for adaptation, including increasing the height of the islands and “reclaiming” (filling) land.

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