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15 November 2021

Transitioning to Low Carbon Sea Transport – WAM Prototype Workshop 2020

Documentation Report

To achieve a significant reduction of GHG emissions in the lagoon shipping sector, the collaboration between the local NGO and project partner Waan Aelōn̄ in Majel (WAM) and the LCST Project aims to revitalise and build upon the traditional marine capabilities of the Marshallese island communities inside lagoons of atolls. Therefore, a comprehensive canoe-building, knowledge transfer, and training programme was established at WAM. This revitalising canoe-building programme uses new sustainable lagoon vessel designs, together with traditional canoe building techniques, as flagships for future lagoon shipping in the RMI.

By teaching small delegations of outer islanders how to be boatbuilding trainers in their community, the LCST project, with its training of trainers (ToT) approach, aims to demonstrate how a small programme with limited resources can create a larger national impact for a Pacific Island Countries (PIC). The outer islanders, who are trained by WAM, learn contemporary boatbuilding methods that can be applied to different types of marine crafts. At the end of the training programme, the outer island communities will have members who are skilled boatbuilders and sailors, in additional to receiving a sustainable canoe.

This report is a documentation or the first boatbuilding workshop conducted at WAM as part of the LCST project.

The Transitioning to Low Carbon Sea Transport Project (LCST) implemented by the Marshall Islands and GIZ aims to tackle climate-related challenges introduced by sea transport and supports initiatives for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport.


210 Pages
Language: English
    Authors (alphabetical order):
  • Alson J. Kelen
  • Henrik Richter-Alten

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