Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong

Peter Stonier, John Martin, Becca Field, Sebastian Perry | 2012 | 5 min.

2014 Official Selection

President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, a Pacific Island nation, is leading the formation of the Pacific Oceanscape — an action plan for marine conservation that impacts almost 40 million square kilometers (more than 15 million square miles), a territory larger than Canada, the United States and Mexico combined. President Tong, also a CI Board Member, explains not only the need to set aside marine protected areas for ensuring food security, but also shares examples of how rising sea levels are dramatically affecting his island nation and his people.