Partner Profile: Ailan Awareness
Ailan Awareness is a Papua New Guinean organisation that focuses on strengthening Indigenous sovereignty with regard to both biological and cultural diversity in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
Ailan Awareness empowers coastal communities to manage their marine and cultural resources using a mix of traditional and scientific methods, giving priority to strengthening Indigenous conservation methods.
Working at a grassroots level, Ailan Awareness gives the people most directly affected by declining biodiversity and the loss of tradition the support and tools required to design and carry out the conservation of both biological diversity and traditional cultural practices. Linking these two components helps to empower communities to maintain Indigenous sovereignty over both. For example, Ailan Awareness is now working to revitalise the local cultural practice of ‘Malagan carving’, a type of wood carving produced by local Indigenous Peoples that communicates deep guidance around traditional ways of life and connection to the natural world.