Social Transformation Ministry Calls for Greater Emphasis on Preserving Culture

A collaborative effort is being taken to preserve the traditional knowledge of local communities in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Community Development Division has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism to host a three-day workshop at the Precision Centre on traditional knowledge as it relates to biodiversity and heritage.
Specific focus will be placed on Heritage management, Convention for Biodiversity, Legislative Framework to protect knowledge, Skills for Advocacy and Inventorying Community Traditional Knowledge and Assets.
In declaring the workshop open, Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development the Hon. Samantha Marshall spoke on the need to place greater emphasis on preserving the country’s rich culture and history. She said she is hoping communities will continue to access all the opportunities available for funding.
According to Global Environment Fund representative Ruth Spencer, lots of things have already happened and there is much more to be done.

“If residents, especially the young people, can learn from the elders, individuals will be better able to help protect the country’s resources,” she noted.

Spencer says the inter-agency group has been reaching out in a lot of communities and documenting the information received.

The National Inter-Agency group is mandated to come up with a national strategic plan by 2020.
The workshop has brought together representatives from the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development, the Environment Division, the Ministry of Tourism, the Global Environment Fund, Faith-based Organisations and other agencies which make up a national inter-agency group.

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