An article on the threats linked to climate change and to an unsustainable development that Kiribati—and other atoll States—is facing. Field research and in-depth knowledge on the current characteristics of these areas are needed so as to anticipate future dynamics and levels of risk.

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"These territories are not on the side-lines and carry some important lessons, including a main one that emerges from this paper: if climate change is a real threat—and to deny this would be both irresponsible and dangerous—then tomorrow’s problems are intimately tied to current patterns of land use and resource use that are not sustainable. Very concretely, this means that engaging, as of now, in proactive policies designed to readjust our spatial planning and protect the environment is a major step towards climate change adaptation."

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