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Map Cook Islands Federated Sates of Micronesia Fiji Kiribati Nauru Niue Papua New Guinea Republic of Marshall Islands Republic of Palau Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu
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Population
Land Area
Climate
Water resource
Water consumption
Country Cook Islands Cook Islands
Population 21,750 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 236.7 km2
Climate
Water resource
Water consumption
Country Federated Sates of Micronesia Federated Sates of Micronesia
Population 107,862 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 702 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 4,928 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Fiji Fiji
Population 918 675 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 18,270 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2000 - 3000 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Kiribati Kiribati
Population 107,817 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 811 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: South of the equator: 1,300 mm Tarawa: 2,000 mm Northernmost islands: over 3,200mm Eastern Line Islands: less than 1,000 mm
Water consumption
Country Nauru Nauru
Population 11,528 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 21 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2,090 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Niue Niue
Population 1,625m(GoN statistics 2006)
Land Area 260 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2,180 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Population 5,795,887 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 462,840 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall:1000-80000 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Republic of Marshall Islands Republic of Marshall Islands
Population 20,842
Land Area 458 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 3,700 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Republic of Palau Republic of Palau
Population 61,815(July 2007 est.)
Land Area 11,854.3 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: Southern attols: 4,000mm Northern attols:2,000 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Samoa Samoa
Population 214,265
Land Area 2,944 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 3,000 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
Population 566,842
Land Area 28,450 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall:1500-5000 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Tonga Tonga
Population 116,921
Land Area 748 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: Varies from north and south of tonga with an estimated average of 2500 mm per annum
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Country Tuvalu Tuvalu
Population 11.992 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 26 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 3000mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Vanuatu Vanuatu
Population 211,971 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 12,200 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2000 - 4000 mm per annum
Water consumption
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Three Micronesian Countries to Hold National Water Summits on World Water Day, March 22, 2011. 18 March, 2011


WHAT  
 : National Water Summits to celebrate World Water Day 2011



WHERE: Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)



WHEN   : March 22, 2011 

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Next Tuesday, March 22nd, three Micronesian countries, Palau, FSM and RMI, will celebrate World Water Day by taking steps to improve the way their water resources are managed. Each country will hold National Water Summits to discuss the pressing water issues they face, steps to improve these issues, and as a first step towards developing comprehensive National Water and Sanitation Policies. 



These countries have uniquely fragile water resources due to their small size, limited natural storage, competing land use and vulnerability to natural hazards. Urbanisation, rural development, growing populations, and increased demand from industry and agriculture is putting further pressure on their freshwater resources, in some cases threatening the long term viability of communities and islands. Added to all of these issues are the increasing adverse impacts of climate change.



Summit participants will include traditional leaders, community representatives, civil society, and representatives from all levels of government. The agendas include discussions on issues like:
  • Water quality, sanitation and health
  • Water supply and distribution
  • Governance and water management
  • Water and climate change
  • Steps toward national policy development
It is anticipated that the National Water Summits will also provide important input at the regional and international level through a solid policy platform and investment plans for water. Summit outcomes are expected to inform the regional initiative to revise the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management. 

More information on the summits and work in Micronesia can be found here: www.pacific-iwrm.org and http://www.pacificwater.org/pages.cfm/water-governance/micronesias-national-water-summits/


Contact: 
For media wanting more information or to set up interviews before Friday, March 18th please contact: Tiy Chung, Communications Specialist, SPC-SOPAC Water and Sanitation Programme, in Fiji, on: (mobile) +679 9987586 (Phone) +679 338 1377 (ext 290), email: tiy@sopac.org



From Monday, March 21 please contact the following people in each of the countries: