Ocean Action Hub

Tulele Peisa's objective is to coordinate and manage relocation of the Carterets people to mainland Bougainville due to the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels, which are making the island uninhabitable. Facing sea level rise, food shortages due to saltwater flooding, and other threats associated with climate change, this organization has organized for the voluntary relocation of the indigenous peoples of the Carterets Islands. This is one of the first community-driven ‘climate change refugee’ relocation efforts in the region. Sustainable natural resource management is at the center of Tulele Peisa's work. The organization engages with host communities on the ‘mainland’ island of Bougainville to ensure adequate land, infrastructure, and livelihoods opportunities are available for relocated people. It also ensures that links are maintained with the culture, land, and resources of the Carterets Islands. The community-based approach to relocation offers a positive relocation model for other atolls in the region, and has had the unexpected benefit of improving interisland trade, which is serving to enhance local resilience and livelihoods.

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The Equator Initiative
Papua New Guinea