SCARBOROUGH, 1 October, 2012. Trainers and facilitators took up tools on Monday to begin work on a participatory 3D model of Tobago. Base maps were prepared by a team from the Engineering Faculty of the University of the West Indies (UWI). The base map must be precisely done, warns Kail Zingapan, a Participatory GIS expert from PAFID an NGO based in the Philippines, otherwise creating the model will incur some serious delays and the model itself will not be an accurate P3DM.
|Adanna Pigot-Henry from CARDI, Tobago is hard at work |
tracing the map contour onto the cardboard
|Kenn Mondiai glues a layer onto the model|
During the planning and introduction workshop last Saturday (September 29), participants developed the legend for the map - symbols (points, lines and areas) - to use during the coding process to locate and depict man-made and natural features on the model. Members of civil society organizations and experts from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment-Tobago House of Assembly (THA), CANARI and the UWI attended that introductory workshop.
Caribbean participants at the workshop are especially keen to be part of the P3DM project. Ingrid Parchment of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation, which is based in Jamaica, is eager to get community members involved in producing a P3DM of Portland Bight. She works at Portland Blight which is a protected area. Ingrid says she is learning a lot from the workshop, as she noted a very helpful video which showed the process of producing a P3DM, step-by-step.
|Orisha Joseph (Grenada), Natalie Boodram (Saint Lucia) |
and Jacinthe Amyot (Colombia) working on base map
Likewise, Dr. Natalie Boodram who works at the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) - a CARICOM agency with an environmental mandate that is based in Saint Lucia - says that the concept of working with communities to do individual P3DMs is “unique” and a “totally new experience". She says that the workshop is helping her appreciate the value of community input in creating a 3D model of a given space.
Lessons in facilitation
|Farzaana Baksh explains good facilitator skills on |
the "Body map" produced by her group
Neila’s sessions helped participants understand the attributes of a good facilitator. She called the attention to fundamental issues such as “how we dress” and “how we pose” (i.e. body language) and the impact of these issues on how the facilitator is perceived at community level. She outlined various ways in which good facilitators make every effort to get individuals to express their views.
Lessons in logistics
|Patricia Franco, Administrative Officer at CANARI shares |
her insight on logistical planning with workshop participants
Pat, as Patricia is fondly called, explained the importance of every component in planning an event. Using the workshop as an example, she pointed to the many individual activities she had to organize. These ranged from coordinating participants’ flight plans to housing and feeding participants catering.
Members of the workshop - trainers, students, teachers and experts - are certainly gaining all-round knowledge and skills while working diligently to get the process moving forward.