What we do

Canopy Watch Up Close

At Canopy Watch we recognize how easy it is to become disenfranchised from a complicated procedural process. The escape route is often designed to intimidate, confuse and frustrate those left in its wake.

Our aim is to empower communities with essential tools to facilitate their endeavors for dispute remedy. Our assistance often starts with basic IT training, we then document, digitize, archive the materials used as paper doesn’t store well in Papua New Guinea. At professional workshops for community groups, recognizing not everyone can attend and that presentations are often complex, we record the work shop as reference tools for customary land owners and community-based organisation to refer back to in their own time. Access to professional assistance is expensive and often difficult to find.

We listen to the difficulties and miss understandings experienced and set up interviews with common questions to experts who can answer them in a clear and concise manner.

There are no fast fixes. However we try to extend our presence to allow customary land owners to share their failures and successes, and wherever possible to avoid procedural duplications that often forms part of the defenses shielding the escape route. At the workshop, we share the materials gathered to assistance and explain the process. We present and discuss a visual process map of the procedures and decisions directions allowing further understanding for communities to recognize where they are at in the process.

We listen and record a statement from participants whenever possible, their vocalization is an important aspect of empowerment by listening and sharing. Places that are over the hills and far away then become accessible to international NGO’s and Media. To make sure the voice of a distance community is available to be heard in it's our frame of reference.

Canopy Watch and Ailan Awareness workshop Feb 2016. communities discuss the visit of Global Witness to New Hanover

Canopy Watch records Tom Vigus discussing the SALB narrative at a Greenpeace Workshop for customary land owners in Port Moresby in 2012.