Where Fogo Island has been and where it’s going
Fogo 2067 conference examines ways to develop island’s future
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.
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.