PRESS RELEASE – On World Heritage Day, the Piton Management Area (PMA) Office in the Department of Sustainable Development announces the commencement of project implementation activities for a special project currently being implemented as part of the UNESCO Participation Programme 2016-2017 Biennium.
In June 2016, the UNESCO Secretariat considered and approved funding of a proposal submitted by the PMA Office entitled “Building Local Capacity in the use of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI): Demarcation and Sustainable Management of the PMA’s Natural Assets”.
UNESCO places significant emphasis on youth participation in the preservation of culture and heritage; and the project is designed to combine the savvy of youth with technological advances in GIS/GPS for achieving the sustainable management of the PMA within an STI framework to contribute. Specific project activities include:
1. Developing local capacity in the use of GIS/GPS tools and support services for demarcation and cataloguing of important natural, historical, and cultural assets; and for monitoring the PMA Outstanding (Landscape) Views through training.
2. Providing project participants with the knowledge and skill set to use STI to (a) strengthen the practical application of geographical concepts on the Secondary School curriculum; and (b) register demarcated data on a map of the PMA region.
3. Producing an electronic map with geo-references to the existing natural, historical, and cultural assets of the PMA; and
4. Using STI to enhance existing livelihood activities and create new livelihoods within the PMA.
The training component of the project commenced on Tuesday April 18, 2017 and continues until Friday April 21, 2017 at the Leisure Inn, Soufriere from 10:00 am daily.
For further information contact the PMA Office via telephone at 457-1636 or 720-8125 or by email at [email protected]