Building on Communities' Sense of Ownership
This is not the first time during the implementation of the ICCRIFS project that a P3D Model had been successfully completed by the villagers under the guidance and supervision of the MNRE team and the qualified experts. Other workshops had also been held in the communities from Laulii to Falevao (North East coast of Upolu) and in Mount Salafai, in Savaii.
In all the three experiences, communities’ involvement was notable and the process efficiently identified the barriers and constraints to a more sustainable management of the forest resources.
Products used during the workshops included cardboard and paper models, representing communities and villages. The depiction of villages is tangible, visible and carries the knowledge of their architects with them. The construction of every model also meant a learning process for the Forestry Division and will be valuable information for other projects in Samoa and in the Pacific region.
The official handover ceremony of the P3D model was the result of close and successful collaboration between UNDP and the Government of Samoa.
This innovative approach has been proven very positive for the systematic involvement of communities towards a more resilient planning of their territory. It has been considered a valuable exercise for building on communities’ sense of ownership of projects and to increase understanding of their territory.