The Caribben Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) is proving full social media support for the second three dimensional participatory modeling (P3DM) exercise to be held in the Caribbean. The participatory community mapping exercise now underway on Union Island in the Grenadines will run from February 28 to March 8 when the resource will be presented to the community at the Ashton Resource Centre.
The P3DM exercise is being led by Sustainable Grenadines (SusGren) in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The one-week workshop includes representatives from local communities, schools and NGOs, as well as regional and international participants from various fields.
SusGren says the participatory three dimensional modeling (P3DM) tool will bring communities together and empower them to make decisions about their livelihoods, natural resources, culture, heritage and climate change in a bid to find ways to adapt and thrive in a changing climate. Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and other Caribbean islands are highly vulnerable to climate change and extreme climatic events.
Historically, hurricanes and floods have had the most disastrous impacts in the region. In the last half century, several storms and hurricanes have resulted in the loss of life and property. These events have caused the diversion of limited resources from other development priorities towards relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities. There are likely to become more frequent with climate change. Other climate change impacts in the Caribbean are projected to include sea level rise, ocean warming, and changing rainfall patterns.
The P3DM activity is expected to enable community level responses to some of the anticipated challenges associated with climate change. The P3DM technique includes technology intermediaries, particularly the integration of modern ICTs such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), to create a living representation of local knowledge and cultural heritage, which forms the basis for spatial data interpretation and analysis. The P3DM is also a good way of showing how communities can get together to see show priority areas (i.e. flood zones, drought concerns, fish population and mangrove growth) can be managed collaboratively.