When Most of Your Property is Under Water

Estimated exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). The EEZs of countries that are the Parties to the Nauru Agreement are shown in darker blue. Note that not all EEZs of PICTs have been officially delineated under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Source: Patrick Lehodey

The IndoPacific Defense Forum discusses efforts of Pacific Island nations to stake their claim to their EEZ as it exists now, rather than wait until rising waters eliminate some of the islands the EEZ is currently based upon.

The US, and consequently the Coast Guard, has obligations to several of these States under Compacts of Free Association. We also are motivated by concern that these nations not become dependent on China.

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