21 Mar 2011

Water summits to be held for the first time in Micronesia

12:20 pm on 21 March 2011

Water summits are to be held for the first time in three Micronesian countries on Tuesday, in hope of improving the way water resources are managed.

The Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia will each host discussions on water quality, climate change, governance and water management, to coincide with World Water Day.

A spokesman from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Tiy Chung says these countries each face various water issues due to their small size.

"Because there's not so much land, the capacity to store water on these islands is very limited. These countries at times will have enough water to supply populations but even things like a two to three week drought can cause serious pressures on the water resources that they have."

Tiy Chung says the water summits will involve government representatives, traditional leaders and members of the community.