Géraud de Ville

The Open University, Department of Engineering and Innovation
London, UK

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Building capacity in communications in the North Rupununi

August 29, 2012

Following the request from the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) staff, the COBRA project team met in the North Rupununi on 21-23 August to do capacity building in communication and team working with local partners.

Bertie Xavier – Creative Commons

The North Rupununi is a region located at the south-west of Guyana’s beautiful rainforest/savanna and wetland ecosystems (Link to GS page). It is not only home to a unique biodiversity and part of the largest watershed in the world, it is also inhabited by the culturally rich Makushi and Wapishana indigenous communities.

Remoteness and lack of communication reduce opportunities and make it challenging for indigenous communities to engage with education and training. However, for community-owned solutions to be promoted and supported capacity-building is essential. In this context, local project team members requested training sessions on skills and knowledge that would improve their day-to-day working and dissemination capacities.

Four workshops were organised. The first one focused on improving the understanding of the management software used in the project and general website navigation and interaction. Another workshop dealt with communication and the media and the basic requirements for writing press releases and news articles. During this session, the team were asked to produce web articles that will be posted on the website. Team working was the subject of a third workshop. Lastly, a session on social media focused on the use of Twitter to increase project outreach.

“I can now share information with partners, especially from Brazil”, Bertie Xavier, Project Manager at the NRDDB, said at the conclusion of a session.

Thanks to these trainings and the continuous exchanges between local and international project staff it is hoped that the local researchers will now be able to train their communities to increase the promotion of community-owned solutions for the protection of Guyana and its globally relevant social-ecological systems.



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