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Proposal for Small Islands Voice  in the San Andres Archipelago in 2003

 June-Marie Mow

Ideas for Small Islands Voice activities in 2003, particularly in the SEAFLOWER Biosphere Reserve (Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence and Santa Catalina)

Revision Date: 21 October 2002
Title:  Small Islands Voice activities in 2003
Goals: To strengthen the document centres of the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence and Santa Catalina (CORALINA) with personnel, computer equipment, and basic facilities; to promote the training of marine resource user groups in the use of new information and communication technology and make these available at both document centres; to take part in the "information age" and share in the wealth of knowledge, international development fora and programmes, and even the important social validation that comes from exchanging similar experiences and learning from others.
Location:

San Andres, Old Providence and Santa Catalina (SEAFLOWER Biosphere Reserve, Colombian Caribbean)

Partners: Other government agencies, artisanal fishers, non-governmental organizations, churches, farmers
Pilot project leader:

CORALINA
San Luis Road, km 26
San Andres Island
Colombia

Description: We suggest four major components:
Stakeholder participation

  Inventory villages and resource user groups (like artisanal fishers, farmers, home industries) for computer literacy and access. 

  Collect information on appropriate web sites, list-servers, and communication opportunities. 

  Provide training on the use of virtual fora, specifically the Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development (WiCoP) forum, SIDSnet, Small Islands Voice fora (global and youth), and new lines of communication developed during the project. Computer courses at local training institutes are popular even though very few attendees have home computers. 

  Design and establish a system in which a group would have a computer "spokesperson" who would be its communicator (meetings could even be held while the spokesperson was "on line" so group members could be immediately involved!). These spokespersons could develop into a grassroots regional "sub-network" that connected interest groups (again like artisanal fishers). 

  Consultation with stakeholders - to make local environmental decision-making more equitable and representative. CORALINA already consults extensively with stakeholders.

Information dissemination

  Design and print informational and educational materials to supplement all training projects and campaigns. Various forms of printed matter will be produced such as newsletters, posters, flyers, bulletins, and stickers. 

  Design and implement special campaigns. Local media, particularly radio and television, will be used to inform and educate the people about environmental situations and CORALINA projects.  

  Showcase the youth and children's reporters on the San Andres and Providence local radio stations, since this is the most popular form of media on the islands and promote environmental newsletters at the school level. Establish contacts with other youth participants of the project via Internet to exchange information on islands issues. 

  Publish illustrated written booklets to supplement selected training projects. Since CORALINA directs the Archipelago's environmental planning process, summary booklets are designed to acquaint the general community with each plan. 

  Offer written and audio-visual reference materials for every educational level on all facets of environmental studies through CORALINAs document centres, which are open to the public in the Archipelago.

Outreach programme
Hold meetings with established neighbourhood organizations as the most effective way to reach the general public and the best strategy to carry out extensive outreach and informal education programmes. The targets are organized community groups such as NGOs, clubs, church groups, cooperatives and community action groups.
Training programme

  Train local people to ensure that CORALINA is staffed and managed by the community. 

  Train outreach workers to give talks in classrooms and neighbourhood groups. 

  Train teachers to be multipliers.

 

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