A survey that will identify the most effective approach to undertake a public awareness and education campaign as part of the BVI SMART Communities Project will be carried out over the next few weeks.
The survey will be administered to roughly 500 residents on Jost Van Dyke, Sea Cows Bay, and East End\Long Look by teenagers and young adults.
The aforementioned communities have been identified as the most susceptible to flooding in the British Virgin Islands.
Richardo Aiken, the Community Development Specialist with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) therefore underscored the significance of those communities participating in the survey.
“Communities are made up of diverse groups and individuals who have their own unique circumstances which dictate how, what, where and when they participate in community development activities. As a result, there is no one place, time or day that is preferred by all community members,” he said.
Before the implementation of the survey, several young people ages 14 to 22 were trained by Aiken along with Rebecca Toussaint and Sheniah Armstrong of the Department of Social Development.
The CDB funded the training while the Department of Disaster Management and the social development department organised the initiative.
The survey is as a way for students to garner community service hours.
In the meantime, the two-year BVI SMART Communities Project aims to incorporate profound disaster management strategies to build resilience and reduce the vulnerability of the communities prone to climate change impacts.
It is executed through clubs such as the Rotary and Lions, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and the Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society.
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