Where Fogo Is­land has been and where it’s go­ing

Fogo 2067 con­fer­ence ex­am­ines ways to de­velop is­land’s fu­ture

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL THE BEA­CON

Where Fogo Is­land has been and where it’s go­ing was the fo­cus of this week­end’s Fogo 2067 Con­fer­ence.

The event re­viewed the is­land’s past 50 years, from re­sist­ing re­set­tle­ment at­tempts and es­tab­lish­ing the Fogo Is­land Co-op, to the for­ma­tion of the prov­ince’s first amal­ga­mated school and cre­at­ing a form of re­gional gov­er­nance that helped de­velop the is­land through what has be­come known as “the Fogo Process.”

Su­san Sherk, one of the event’s three or­ga­niz­ers, worked with Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity of New­found­land’s Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice 50 years ago, and has seen the evolution of Fogo Is­land.

“The is­land has been real leader in the prov­ince in terms of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion,” said Sherk. “This is a cel­e­bra­tion of the peo­ple who re­ally were be­liev­ers in their area.”

The week­end also fo­cused on the next 50 years, with em­pha­sis on con­tin­u­ing a sus­tain­able fish­ing in­dus­try on the is­land, de­vel­op­ment of green en­ergy, and en­hanc­ing the tourism ex­pe­ri­ence.

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Fogo 2067 got un­der­way on Fogo Is­land Thurs­day evening. The week­end ses­sions will fo­cus on Fogo Is­land’s past and look at plan­ning for the next 50 years.

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