Over 100 Tobagonians recently constructed a scale model of Tobago which will be used to measure climate change on the island.
Mr. Giacomo Rambaldi, Program Coordinator for the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation, ACP-EU and Ms. Neila Bobb-Prescott, Senior Technical Officer of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute paid a courtesy call to THA Chief Secretary Orville London on Thursday (October 11, 2012) at his Calder Hall office. During the meeting, the Chief Secretary received a photograph of a three-dimensional model of Tobago from the visitors.
The handover of the actual model takes place on October 12 at the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Institute in Mt. St George at 9:00 a.m.
Ten times smaller than the actual size of Tobago, the model took 14 days to build and will be used in planning for the impacts of climate change on the island.
106 Tobagonians worked on the project facilitated by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute.
Participatory three-dimensional modeling is a tool used to facilitate participation by local communities in identifying policies and actions needed at the site level to address the impact of climate change. Those involved in building the model included students from the Scarborough Secondary and Signal Hill Secondary schools and members of the Association of Tobago Dive Operators.
The process was also facilitated by the Tobago House of Assembly, the University of the West Indies, the Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing, and the Environment, and the Partners with Melanesians.
The project was funded by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation, the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP).