Portraits of Resilience Opens its Doors during the Climate Negotiations in Durban

Following the success of previous exhibitions of Portraits of Resilience at the Cancun and Copenhagen climate change negotiations, the Portraits of Resilience photography exhibit is opening its doors to the public at the Natural Science Museum of Durban on Tuesday 29th November, 0930 am.

After a successful year working with communities across the Pacific, the project is for the first time featuring compelling new stories and pictures from these regions.

Portraits of Resilience is a photography project that works with youth and schools in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States to document the effects of climate change in their local communities.

The project has worked with young people in the Arctic communities of Shishmaref (Alaska), Unjargga (Norway), Pangnirtung (Nunavut, Canada), and Ummannaq (Greenland), as well as the island states of Seychelles. Over the past year, it has worked extensively in communities in Pacific Islands of Fiji, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

The project is part the Many Strong Voices (MSV) programme which links people in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States to work together on climate change adaptation and mitigation. MSV is jointly co-ordinated by UNEP/GRID-Arendal and CICERO in Oslo.

The exhibit will be on shown at the Durban Natural Science Museum throughout the COP negotiations and until March 2012.

Download the invitation for Tuesday's launch at the Museum

Children play in flood waters - (c) Fini Luni / Portraits of Resilience / Many Strong Voices