Tuvalu, an island nation in the South Pacific, decided to use Web3 technology to ensure the future preservation of its culture and society.
On November 15, the country's foreign minister, Simon Kofe, stated at the COP27 climate summit that it is looking for alternative ways to protect its heritage from rising sea levels caused by climate change. One of these methods is to recreate itself in the metaverse.
"As our land disappears, we have no option but to become the world's first digital nation," Kofe said in a video broadcast.
At high tide, up to 40% of the nation's capital district is allegedly underwater, and the entire country is expected to be underwater by the end of the century.
Tuvalu will be the first digitized nation in the metaverse as it integrates into it. According to Kofe, the country's most valuable assets are its land, ocean, and culture, which will be kept safe in the cloud regardless of what happens in the physical world.
Although Tuvalu has the potential to be the first sovereign country to recreate itself in the metaverse, other nations have already begun their own forays into the digital frontier.
Barbados, a Caribbean island nation, was the first to open an embassy in the Decentraland metaverse in 2021. Earlier this year, an indigenous tribe in Australia announced plans to open an embassy in the metaverse.
Other countries have started to provide services in the metaverse. In order to reach its next generation of users, Norway recently opened a branch of its federal tax offices in the metaverse. The United Arab Emirates established a new Ministry of Economy headquarters on virtual land.
Digital counterparts have been created in big tech cities such as Seoul, South Korea, and Santa Monica, California.
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