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STRATEGY: Relocating an entire nation is a major exercise. How is this monumental exercise going to happen?

  • more than 10,000 people are to be relocated
  • new environments will need to be adapted to
  • new skills will need to be learnt
  • new systems of governance will need to be implemented
  • a new economic base will be necessary
  • existing social systems may be questioned
  • land will need to be acquired
  • infrastructure will need to built including: buildings, dams, water delivery / storage / treatment systems, revegetation works, farmlands, roads / pathways
  • tools and equipment will need to be sourced
  • new alliances will need to be forged

   D.I.Y.: The underlying premise of this implementation strategy is that the majority of the work on the ground is to be done by the Tuvaluan people themselves. Given that finance and resources are likely to be extremely limited, the greatest asset that the Tuvalu people currently possess is a strong sense of community.
   Education: It is recommended that an education and training programme be adopted by the Tuvaluan people prior to relocation. This training should focus on both enhancing existing skills and learning new ones. Practical skills will need to be learnt such as growing foods appropriate to the new location, farming techniques, building techniques and using certain tools.
   Governance: There will need to be countless decisions made as an entire community so a system of decision making should also be developed and practised prior to relocation.
   Timed strategy: It is envisaged that a relocation is likely to be more successful if staged over a period of time with the initial residents helping to establish infrastructure for those that follow (see below).

How to get there:
The 7C's group has been actively engaging with the local Tuvaluan community in Brisbane to ascertain their view on the best way forward and how we might make these ideas of relocation a reality. We see ourselves as a bridge between the Tuvaluan community and rest of the world and seek to find ways of facilitating both awareness and action around this issue. We acknowledge that we don't have all the answers to the complex issue involved and plan to further engage community leaders both in Tuvalu and Australia in ethically principled strategic discussions, exploratory design exercises and simulation games as a means of divining the way forward.