Krangket Island has a total population of about 3,500 inhabitants comprised of four clans. The islanders are experiencing problems with rising sea levels due to global warming. The waterfront directly exposed to the ocean currents and sea wave actions is being eroded away at a higher rate. The food gardens are not able to provide for families’ subsistence with an increase in soil saline levels, and inundation of their subsistence farm lands by the rising sea levels.
The islanders’ only hope for survival will eventually be relocation to the mainland of Madang, however, identification of a suitable piece of land for relocation will be a major hurdle, considering the customary ownership of land in Papua New Guinea. It may take years to negotiate with landowners before a suitable site is identified.
“Because of climate change sea tides have got worse. Previously we feared the southeasterly winds.
Now it completely changed. When high tides retreat, waves remove all the soil and rocks.
We fear that our little island will erode away. Where else do we go?”
Aksim Siming, Leader, Imalan Clan
The Foundation for People and Community Development (FPCD) worked with the Krangket Islanders to undertake video documentation of Krangket Islanders’ adaptation to oncoming threats of sea level rise, farmland inundation and sea front erosion. It captured how people on the island are coping with these changes, identify changes in the people’s daily lives as a consequence of these changes and seek their views about relocation. A disaster preparedness plan was also produced in collaboration with representatives from all four clans.