P3DM of Tave­uni Is­land in­tro­duced

To bridge the gap be­tween in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties

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In a bid to bridge the gap be­tween in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties, a par­tic­i­pa­tory three di­men­sional model (P3DM) of Tave­uni Is­land was in­tro­duced for its peo­ple. The model was made by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the three dis­tricts on the is­land through a Sec­re­tariat of the Pa­cific Re­gional En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme (SPREP) work­shop in So­mo­somo vil­lage.

It is es­sen­tially based on recollections from mem­ory, land use and cover and other fea­tures are de­picted by in­for­mants on the model by us­ing push pins for points, yarns for lines and paints for poly­gons. While com­mis­sion­ing the model on Mon­day, Min­istry of Forests, Con­ser­va­tor of Forests Eliki Seni­vasa ap­plauded the metic­u­lous work done by the par­tic­i­pants say­ing that this was an in­di­ca­tion of how well they knew their is­land.

“I be­lieve that this model was made by chil­dren, youths and the el­ders and this just goes to show the amount of knowledge that will be passed to the younger gen­er­a­tions so that they are able to un­der­stand the de­vel­op­ments that take place on the is­land and the need for sus­tain­abil­ity of in­en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Seni­vasa said. “This model is a liv­ing doc­u­ment and I am sure that as de­vel­op­ments take place, you will be able to add onto the model so that ev­ery­one is able to see the nat­u­ral re­sources that you have plus the var­i­ous de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place.” He urged the par­tic­i­pants that while de­vel­op­ments were good, plan­ning needed to be par­tic­i­pa­tory. “Just by look­ing at the model, we can see a lot of changes to the land set­tings es­pe­cially through in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Seni­vasa said. “Let us work to­gether to en­sure that we man­age our re­sources wisely for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.” P3DM has been con­ceived as a method for bring­ing the po­ten­tial of GIS (Geo­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem) closer to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and for bridg­ing the gap that ex­ists be­tween geo­graphic and iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties who are fre­quently de­pen­dent on nat­u­ral re­sources. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the work­shop in So­mo­somo Vil­lage, Tave­uni.

The P3DM of Tave­uni.

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