Gardi Sugdub Island


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Earlier in June, around 300 families were relocated off the island of Gardi Sugdub in Panama’s Guna Yala province due to concerns over rising sea levels.

About Gardi Sugdub Island: 

  • It is a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea and a part of the San Blas archipelago, which comprises 365 islands, mostly uninhabited.
  • It is home to 1,200 indigenous Guna people, who will soon be displaced to the mainland because of the sea level rise induced by climate change.
  • The further movement of inhabitants from the surrounding islands is foreseen to be necessary by 2050.
  • The Latin American nation is set to become the first to evacuate an entire island community due to climate change.
  • Panama is situated in the Caribbean, where sea level rise currently averages around 3 to 4 millimetres per year

Key facts about the Caribbean Sea

  • It is the Atlantic Ocean’s 2nd largest marginal sea that is geographically positioned between the continents of North and South America in the Western Hemisphere.
  • It is bordered by the countries of Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela in the south; by Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the west; by the Greater Antilles islands in the north; and by the Lesser Antilles islands in the east.
  • The Caribbean Sea is connected with the Gulf of Mexico in the north via the Yucatan Channel.

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Source: Climate change forces Panama islanders to relocate: What happened — and how sea level rise is affecting the world