South Tarawa, Kiribati (4E) – The small island nation of Kiribati is considering a “floating nation.”
To save it from rising sea water, Kiribati’s president Anote Tong has devised a plan: Make the nation rise with it. Tong wants to turn Kiribati into a state of floating “lily-pad” cities. The president is working with Shimizu Corp., a Tokyo-based construction company, to come up with blueprints for the world’s first floating country.
According to the Green Float Project, cach island will be nearly two miles across, with a central tower rising half a mile to form a “city in the sky.” The tower will have residential units for 30,000 people and space for offices, services and shops.
The flat base of the island, which will be tethered to the ocean floor far below, will have a residential zone for another 10,000 inhabitants, along with forests, beaches and arable land, as well as port facilities.
In April, a team of engineers from Shimizu travelled to Kiribati to update its president. The estimated cost of pounds 317billion.