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The First Official Climate Challenger Voyage Film HD 10.30mins

This is the first official video (10.30min) of the Climate Challenger Voyage, and it is ready to watch online now! We will also be entering it into the Rare and The Nature Conservancy’s sponsored Solution Search competition. Please show your support by voting for us on the Solution Search website. We hope you all enjoy reliving our journey!

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Dry Stone Wall Workshop [Video]

Yesterday we the Climate Challenger crew, attended a dry stone walling workshop with the international non-government organisation ‘Wildlife Conservation Society’ (WCS) at Loniu Passage between Los Negros Island, home of the Momote airport and mainland Manus Island. Building a dry stone wall is a possible adaptation to sea level rise and beach erosion, and it is hoped that we can share this knowledge with other low-lying Pacific island communities who are also affected by climate change. It is a low cost method that only requires the stone that is usually readily accessible and labour.

Ahus Island off the north coast of Manus Island showing severe coastal erosion

Charles Daniel and Ben Lian, from WCS took us through the process of building a dry stone wall which must first take into account choosing the site. For example it cannot be constructed where there are strong currents and waves, and it must be in shallow water where there is no underwater shelf which may cause the wall to collapse in the future.
The wall must be built upon a solid foundation, and using heavy stones that will not collapse. Placing the stones by fitting them together tightly like a jigsaw and on a wider base ensures stability.

There are many coastal communities in Manus that are now using dry stone wall techniques to try and stop or at least slow down the encroaching sea from washing away their land.

The Climate Challenger crew at Loniu Passage, Manus Island and the dry stone wall built for the WCS workshop. Photo: Manuai Matawai

The following video shows how to build a dry stone wall as explained by Charles Daniel from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Manus. Enjoy!


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Climate Challenger Test Run

Climate Challenger test run to Pere, carrying over 20 passengers. Photo: Manuai Matawai

Hello there! Work on the Climate Challenger is complete and so we took it out for a test run over the weekend from Lorengau town to Pere which is about a 25km trip.  Along the way we encountered a 3metre sea swell but the canoe went smoothly despite some minor problem on the outrigger. It was fixed the next day. Work on Mbuke Islands’ canoe ‘Mbuke’ is progressing well. The crews are very excited and looking forward to the trip.


The outboard motor was used due to a headwind. Photo: Manuai Matawai


Climate Challenger anchored at Pere Village, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Photo: Manuai Matawai

In Pere we interviewed some elderly people, the Chief, youth and women about the voyage. We also interviewed the wives of the crew members to get their thoughts on the trip. All are very supportive and wished all crews to return safely. It is not long to go now – we leave for the Pacific voyage on the 24th August, Manus Provincial Day.



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Living with Changes [Video]

“Living with Changes” or “Sindaun Wantaim Senis” in the local tok pisin language, is a short documentary, planned, shot and edited by the people of Ahus Island, off the north coast of Manus Island. Participatory video is the name given to the video or videos produced by a group or community where participation from all members of the community including the elderly and youth is encouraged therefore representing the views of the whole community.

Ahus Island is a very low lying sand island severely affected by climate change,  storms and coastal erosion. On top of that their population is ever increasing and fish numbers are rapidly declining. This video was made during a 4 week participatory video activity supported by The Nature Conservancy’s climate adaptation program and funded by Australia-Aid.

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