Micronesia Federation. In March, severe drought was
reported in the Micronesia Federation. The reason was said
to be the meteorological-oceanographic phenomenon El Niņo,
which under certain conditions causes just drought and which
this year was unusually long drawn.
In July, it became clear that Nan Madol, a prehistoric
building complex in a lagoon off the island of Pohnpei, was
included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The buildings
are built on hundreds of artificial islands connected by
canals. Nan Madol was a political and ceremonial center
during the so-called Saudi dynasty. The stone palaces,
temples, tombs and houses that received world heritage
status were erected between 1200 and 1500. The artificial
islands are at risk of decay and in the Micronesian
federation the hope of financial support was raised to
preserve the historically valuable remains.
countryaah, New Zealand promised in September that the country would
invest the equivalent of US $ 5 million in renewable energy
in the Micronesia Federation. According to New Zealand's
Prime Minister John Key, the goal is to help the Pacific
States become self-sufficient in energy so that they do not
become dependent on imported fossil energy sources.