A working trip to Mauritius has cemented and convinced me that there are many people across the world dedicated to the maintenance of spaceship earth as a healthy habitat for all living beings. Hundreds of millions of people rely on coral reefs to provide essential services such as food and coastal protection. These ecosystems also contribute significantly to national economies through sectors such as tourism. Improving the resilience of communities and coral reefs to the anticipated changes as a result of climate change, is therefore an issue of global importance.
My role on the trip was to direct and produce a short film for a project called Coral Communities whilst involving one of my students as well as Mauritian communities in the making of the film. I also was a workshop facilitator for a conference West Indian Ocean delegate session. Material produced from this session will contribute to a ‘How to Make a Photograph’ pocket book which will appear in a magazine. During the next few months, I will be completing the short film, which will explore photography, participatory video and other visual methodologies and will compliment this magazine.
Much time was dedicated to working with the community as well as conference delegates and project partners. Here are a few images which give a visual overview of some of the activities undertaken. This trip gave me an insight into initiatives being developed to manage coral reefs and build community and ecological resilience. Now I am helping build a visual picture of this experience.