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The best way to prepare for climate change and avoid negative impacts to important resources is to keep these resources as healthy and strong as possible.

Agriculture Adaptation Strategies: Diversify agriculture and move crops inland or up, away from inundation areas. Use and enhance food preservation methods. Avoid clearing forests and monocropping. Use and enhance traditional agro-forestry practice, diversify new agriculture methods, and use shade trees to protect from drought. Explore using slat-tolerant species. For low-lying islands, raise taro patches through traditional practices of filling with compost or where needed through the use of concrete beds. Encourage local communities to consume a wide variety of locally produced and more nutritious traditional foods.

Adaptation Strategies That Support Community Well-Being: Apply traditional and local knowledge about natural resource management. Provide climate information and build awareness for better preparedness. Ensure people know about and have access to emergency routes and services for extreme events. Ensure people know about and have access to health services to cope with climate related stressors. Develop alternative livelihoods, providing know-how. Develop partnerships with other communities and local organizations. Organize the community and build effective community-based organizations and leaders. In low lying areas (and low-lying atolls) put new buildings on stilts to prevent flooding.

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