GCCA+ in the news: A photo book to illustrate the climate challenge facing the islands of the Indian Ocean

Forty-seven photos have been selected by an independent jury to be included in a book titled ‘Islands facing the climate challenge’. In June 2021, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) launched a photo competition to document climate change. More than 80 amateur and professional photographers took part in the competition, which was carried out in the framework of the EU-funded Intra-ACP GCCA+ programme.

Gina Bonne, IOC Environment and Climate Officer, explains: “This island voice is not only the voice of political decision-makers. It is also the voice of concerned citizens, who are committed and keen to influence the course of events; and the voice of the young generation, who are aware of what is at stake, which is a reason for hope, but also a responsibility for us. This is the story told by the photographs gathered in the book ‘Islands facing the climate challenge’.”

47 photographs to discover - The winners of the photo competition are:

  • David Razafimbohitra from Madagascar for his photo “Child looking for water during drought”, in the category “The visible effects of climate change”
  • Serge Rakotofiringa from Madagascar for his photo "Reforestation, a fight against climate change”, in the category "Adaptation or mitigation solutions”
  • Abbigayle Claite from Mauritius for her photo "RipRap - Attempt to prevent coastal erosion", in the “youth” category.
Indian Ocean photography book

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