Makatea, a project that reflects Maewan
Makatea is an island in the Pacific sea devastated by sixty years of phosphate extraction. As the mining stops, the four-thousand residents abandon the island. Only fifty decide to stay on their atoll with a glimpse of hope left.
We encounter the residents and explore together the island to evaluate the potential of their environment. Afterward, we carry out an assessment.
With the framework of the educational program carried out by Maewan with the children, we unite the local population in pursuing an ecotourism project. Together, we bolt four climbing crags, a Via Ferrata and a Tyrolienne. We hold safety and technical training, and finally organise a sporting event with over 300 Polynesian participants to share the island’s incredible potential.
Today, the residents have a new reason to live on their island. They manage the attractions and regularly host visitors on their island.