Castle Bruce community maps out climate vulnerabilities

In a proactive move against climate change, the Castle Bruce community, under the guidance of the Anse Kouanari Tourism Association Inc. (AKTA), held a Community Mapping session on Saturday, March 16th, 2024. The session was the highlight of a broader Community Stakeholder Consultation and Workshop aimed at preparing for a Community-based and Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction Project.

The mapping session, led by AKTA’s Project Manager, Mrs. Naomi Bannis-Sampson, saw participants working in groups to identify key features and resources in the community that have been or may be impacted by disaster and climate hazards. The process drew on local knowledge and memory, putting people’s spatial understanding of their community on the map.

Participants identified and documented the location of hazards and vulnerable areas of concern, important community assets/infrastructure, livelihood activities, and natural resources in the community.

Community leaders, including members of the Village Council, clergy, uniform groups, Disaster Committee, and schools, were present at the consultation. The event also saw participation from farmers, college students, and other residents of the community.

Retired Park Warden, Fortinelle Jacob, commended the initiative, stating that it made participants more aware of their vulnerability to disaster and extreme weather events. Kenrick Lecointe, Acting Chief of Dominica Scout Association & 1st Castle Bruce Scout Troup Leader, echoed that sentiment, calling the initiative “brilliant”.

Mrs. Bannis-Sampson expressed satisfaction with the turnout and participation, stating that the consultation made a positive impact and that the community is looking forward to similar activities.

The consultation is part of a small grant project being implemented by AKTA, supported by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and the Inter-American Foundation (IAF).

In related news, AKTA will be hosting a Tree Planting Drive in the Castle Bruce community on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024, in observance of International Day of Forests. The event is open to college & high school students, community groups, and other interested parties.

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