When island nations drown, who owns their seas? As climate change jeopardizes the huge ocean claims of tiny nations, experts propose some bold legal solutions ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page As rising seas threaten the stability of island nations, they’ve begun campaigns to draw the world’s attention to the problem. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Kiribati President Anote Tong at a State Department ocean conference in June. GIFF JOHNSON/AFP/Getty Images Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak raised the height of a seawall around his home following tidal floods last year. He says it it is barely enough to protect his family from a "climate emergency." Maldives government via Reuters/file 2009 The president and ministers of the Maldives held the world's first underwater cabinet meeting in 2009 to highlight the threats of rising seas. Andrew Burton/Getty Images Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a civil society representative from the Marshall Islands, received a standing ovation after speaking at the UN's Climate Summit in New York last month. Lincoln Feast/Reuters Residents sat on a wall facing the harbor of Fiji's capital of Suva. Kiribati's president has bought land to resettle his people on the nearby Fijian island of Vanua Levu.