P3DM of Taveuni Island introduced
To bridge the gap between information technology and isolated communities
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.