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PACC Marshall Islands Success Story

By the time the government declared a state of emergency in 2013, the wells had long run dry in the drought-stricken northern reaches of the Marshall Islands, and families had started fleeing towards the capital Majuro.

The idyllic paradise of tourist brochures is set so low in the ocean that there are few freshwater reservoirs or sources of groundwater. Failed rains starting in September 2012 led to a twin crisis of drinking water shortages and damaged crops.