The first stage of the project commenced in May 2009, with a journey to Central America to collect driftwood, and work in collaboration with the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment.

An example of the marine life living on the Meso American barrier reef.

The colours of this Tree Coral are beautiful, but their structure is fragile and easily damaged.

This picture was taken at the Rangers station on the small and very remote island of Abalone in the Port of Honduras marine reserve where rangers monitor for illegal fishing.

Most of the rangers, who helped collect driftwood, were themselves once responsible for the overfishing in the nature reserve. They now see it as their role to educate and conserve the biodiversity of the local marine environment.

Ranger's Carlos and Marlon remove the rope from a gill net confiscated from illegal fishermen in the marine reserve. The net is later destroyed.

Maersk Line were one of the first corporates to sponsor the project, and are organizing all the shipping and logistics of the driftwood from around the world, including transporting the finished piece to Japan in time for the UN conference at the International Year for Biodiversity in 2010.


The beaches of BC are laden with driftwood, which are vital for the local marine and terrestrial biodiversity.

Silas Birtwistle collecting driftwood on Vancouver Island, September, 2009.

Black bear, near our camp spot in Uclulet on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, September, 2009.

Wild Pacific Salmon, caught and prepared by our First Nations friend Tim.

Some of the driftwood collected in BC.


Heading off to Juani Island for the day looking for driftwood.

When the tide is out, boats cannot make it to shore, so the only way is to walk!

A typical village house, made from branches and dried mud.

These two women were grinding down glass bottles into powder to make jewellery. They were part of a team of people making crafts from re-cycled materials in Dar es Salaam.

A traditional Dhow.


The fourth geography to collect driftwood was at the Northern tip of Malaysian Borneo - with the kind support of WWF - Malaysia. All the wood was collected in and around the Tun Mustapha Marine Park, Kudat, an area rich in biodiversity, and in great need of conservation.

Part of WWF's objective is to support the people who live in the conservation area, and to collaborate with traditional and foreign fishers to achieve a sustainable and continuous existence for the people and the marine resources.

Much of the internal land is used for agriculture, in particular the traditional rice fields.

Bananas and Coconuts are staple crops throughout Malaysia.

A typical shot of a beautiful beach and island.

The WWF team were crucial in making this trip a huge success. Thank you.