Hugging the Coast is a unique research expedition through which six women professional sea-kayakers and social scientists explored seaweed farming and liminal living in the Sangihe archipelago, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. All team members volunteered their time.
In order to learn about the lives, livelihoods, hopes and fears held by these remote peoples, we journeyed the 320km volcanic island ridge from Manado to Tahuna on Sangihe, visiting close to 20 coastal villages across 5 different island groups. We blogged whenever we had a connection. To fulfil the research objectives, we conducted research interviews with individuals and groups, and documented the project as it unfolded through audio-recordings, video and digital photography. These materials will enable us to tell the story of how the people of the Sangihe archipelago are coping with the effects of social, economic and environmental change. As a consequence of the project's success, a follow-up event (which will aim to strengthen connections and communication between key individuals on the islands, and between the islands and regional experts) is already in preparation, in collaboration with Sam Ratulangi University, Manado.
As the winners of the 2012 Neville Shulman Challenge Award, the project was funded in part by the Royal Geographical Society in the United Kingdom. We also received funding from Durham University, The Open University and The Frederick Soddy Trust. Further funding generated through donations by businesses and private individuals. Collectively, we've raised US$34,000 / £21,300 towards the cost of the project. The shortfall is US$10,700 / £6,700.
We have set up this Wrap-Up fund so that Hugging the Coast can break even.
To read the blogs from the expedition and to see the photos and videos as we upload them, go to www.huggingthecoast.net
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