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Tauba Island's residents belong to two different tribes. At 52, Kaia says he has witnessed the impacts of the changing climate over his lifetime."Before, we used to know the seasons, but now the wind, the rain, the cyclones can come at any time. "Cyclones always used to come when the wind was from the west, now they come even when the wind is from the east." Climate change changes everything In July 2015, Cyclone Raquel became the first cyclone on record to hit the South Pacific Ocean in July.The only route to their school on Malaita is by boat - dugout canoes equipped with tatty plastic sails.Kaia says unpredictable weather has made these daily journeys dangerous.We partner with third party advertisers, who may use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on sites and applications across devices, both on our sites and across the Internet.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices."Storms now can happen any day and come very quickly," he says.
, like the 20 permanent residents of the tiny island of Taluabu, have no claim to land on Malaita at all.
Complicated traditional land tenure structures mean they can take years to resolve. Communities with distinct cultural practices are increasingly being forced to live in close proximity.
A recent history of ethnic violence makes that a concern in Solomon Islands.
For generations, Taluabu's inhabitants have been allowed to farm a parcel of land on the mainland, but landowners have refused them permission to settle there.
Over the last year, the issue of relocation has moved up the political agenda in Solomon Islands, but there is still a long way to go before government-led plans to safely rehome entire tribes are put into practice.