Republic of The Marshall Islands
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The Republic of The Marshall Islands consists of 29 coral atolls and five single islands located in the central Pacific, between 4 degrees and 14 degrees North.
Once a Pacific Trust Territory, the Marshall Islands officially gained its independence in 1986. The country is in free association with the United States and largely dependent on US aid.
This low-lying atoll nation is subject to damage from rising sea levels and extreme weather. Other development issues include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, a shortage of natural resources and remoteness from international markets.
AVI’s involvement in the Marshall Islands is through the Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM) and the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program.