An Integrated Community Enterprise

Issues Related to Relocation

In People on June 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

“It is important to understand that relocation is much more than simply providing a house and land. It is a comprehensive economic, social and cultural change. To ensure success, special attention needs to be paid to indigenous culture. To ensure success, special attention needs to be paid to indigenous culture. Thus, capacity building and social education programs must be provided, not only for relocated people but also for local people in the area where the relocated people are settling.

The families relocated in the 1980s and the 1990s to Bougainville, a larger island near the Carterets, ended up returning to the Carteret islands due to civil conflict, hostility toward them from neighbours, or lack of living facilities.”

Click here for a full report by UNESCO 06.06.2012

We would like to feature the photography of Bjørn Stig Hansen on the Carteret Islands or the Tulun Islands as the islanders refer to it.  Tulun means “the people from the big sea” and is used by the Bougainvillians as the name for both the people and islands on the Tulun Atoll. He chose this name instead of the more commonly used Carteret Islands, which refers to the Westener who discovered the islands. Bjørn who is from Copenhagen, Denmark says:

“Culture, tribal traditions, land ownership and a peaceful existence far from their mountainous neighbor, Bougainville – which is still struggling to maintain law and order after a civil war that ended ten years ago – are all strong arguments in favor of staying.

The tribe has lived isolated in the Solomon Sea for 400 years and communication with the outside world is limited to a two-way radio. The people live a simple life without stable electricity and use wooden canoes to travel between the islands on top of the Tulun Atoll’s 61 km (37.9 miles) long reef.”


Fishery WorkLab for Sustainable Development

In Updates on March 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

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In the Carteret Islands Project, the fishery workshop is part of a open classroom concept of learning where resource owners learn community entrepreneurship and the management of their natural marine resource, in context of learning how to live happy and productive lives.

The slideshow shows the construction of the fishery workshop which consists of the fish-pen and accommodation/ work area. The 35 footer boat seen in the pictures is the vehicle that is used to ferry people between the platform and islands on the Tulun atoll.

Documentary on Carterets Nominated for Oscar

In Community Development, News on February 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

Congratulations to Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger on the nomination of SUN COME UP in Best Documentary, Short Subject film at the 83rd Academy Awards for an an Academy Award, the U.S. film industry’s top prize. It was nominated for the Oscar from a list of 30 eligible entries which was narrowed down to eight. The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Look out for it!

Sun Come Up Trailer from Sun Come Up on Vimeo.

SUN COME UP has been described as “a lyrical documentary that follows the relocation of the first indigenous culture to lose their ancestral land to climate change – the Carteret Islanders, a community of 3,000 people living on a chain of low-lying islands in the South Pacific Ocean. This is a story about the human face of climate change and a people faced with the loss of a land in which their identity rests.”

The documentary was produced in 2009 when the Carteret Islanders were faced with no options but a bleak future. In that same year however, in May 2009, the Carteret Islands Project was birthed. This is a prototype community transformation project owned and driven by the islanders themselves and assisted by a venture philanthropic company based in Singapore in terms of funding, management know-how and technology. The success of this project would empower them with resources which would give them options to find alternative solutions other than relocation.

“The sentiment among Pacific Islanders suggests that they do not want to abandon their homelands or be absorbed into cultures where indigenous people already struggle for acceptance. “It is about much more than just finding food and shelter,” said Tarita Holm, an analyst with the Palauan Ministry of Resources and Development. “It is about your identity.” One clan chief said that ”he would rather sink with the islands than leave.” (Refugees Join List of Climate-Change Issues, By Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times, May 28, 2009)

This project has struck a powerful chord with the islanders. If they had a choice, they would rather stay on in their island home. Now they have.

Director Redfearn says about the Carteret islanders’ plight, “I want to move people. I want to either make them angry, make them sad, make them frustrated, and I want to take that anger and that frustration and that sadness and turn that into action.” Voice of America | 7 February 2011

If you have been moved and you want to be part of something that will empower the islanders to stay on in their islands, contact us.