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By Danielle Long, Acting APAC Editor

November 21, 2022 | 2 min read

The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has begun to create a Digital Nation in the metaverse as the country faces the reality of rising sea levels.

Tuvalu enlisted Accenture Song-owned agency The Monkeys and Collider to co-create its presence in the metaverse, starting with its smallest island Teafualiku Islet.

The project, which was announced by Tuvalu Minister of Justice, Communication & Foreign Affairs Simon Kofe at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), will catalogue, map, record and save historical documents, records of cultural practice, family albums and traditional songs. The aim is to capture as much of Tuvaluan island life as possible.

Kofe said, “As our land disappears, we have no choice but to become the world’s first digital nation. Our land, our ocean, our culture are the most precious assets of our people. And to keep them safe from harm, no matter what happens in the physical world, we’ll move them to the cloud.”

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