Joint Nature Conservation Committee supports UWS research project on Tristan da Cunha

A research partnership between the Scottish Centre for Island Studies, University of the West of Scotland, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), coordinated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee,  and the community of Tristan da Cunha  has been established to pilot some research into the challenges of climate change through education, awareness raising and  the dissemination of information,  good ideas and good practice.   

 The project aims to examine how it can support and facilitate the young islanders, all pupils of St Mary’s school, Tristan da Cunha to explore and engage with sustainability issues in relation to their own environment, history and future through the making and sharing of visual media both within the community of Tristan da Cunha and beyond to islanders and audiences interested in island culture and environment everywhere. Mr Jim Kerr, Education Advisor, Tristan da Cunha is the lead partner representative for the island community and school and is working closely with the young people in both producing and developing creative responses to the island’s environment and social change.

It is anticipated that this work with the young people of Tristan da Cunhna will inform and be informed by some of the other UWS research activities into Tristan’s history and cultural heritage.  For further information on the activities  of St Mary’s school please go to http://www.tristandc.com/newsschool.php

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