[Thought members might be interested and amused by this clipping that Ed
Towle unearthed the other day, from the San Juan Star, nearly 30 years ago
. . . . bruce potter]
THE SAN JUAN STAR, August 17, 1971
Foundation Set Up In V.I. For Study of Island Systems
By THOMAS W. ORR
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas (AP)-A research foundation to study all
aspects of island systems in various parts of the world has been
established in the Virgin Islands.
The announcement was made Monday by Edward L. Towle, president of the
Caribbean Conservation Association, a regional coalition of Island
governments, national trusts, and conservation organizations.
Recently incorporated, the Island Resources Foundation (IRF) will deal with
special problems and potentialities of islands, Towle said, and will aim
specifically to improve utilization of the limited resources of island
Towle, who also heads the Caribbean Research Institute at the College of
the Virgin Islands, indicated that the new Foundation will be an
(See STUDY, Page 26)
Study Group Aims to Improve Use of Islands Resources
international, non-governmental, non-profit, service organization.
It is designed to assist existing local institutions and organizations
working on problems unique to islands, in addition to developing its own
programs and projects ,he pointed out.
The Foundation can provide a vital combination of focus, leadership,
innovation, and a broadly concerned, interdisciplinary approach to the
unique types of resource development problems of all small island groups.
The Foundation was organized in the Virgin Islands, he noted, but will draw
its financial support and working personnel from all parts of the world.
Economists, marine scientists, geologists, sociologists, psychologists,
political scien-tists, ecologists, and other specialists will undertake
projects that have special significance to the conditions on islands and
among island populations, he explained.
These could include such activities as the study of fisheries, development
of museums and programs for environmental education, and analysis of
psychological characteristics and needs of island people.
Other possibilities might be training of islanders for ocean-related
industries, promotion of aquaculture and marine pharmacology to enrich
island economies, and establishment of improved procedures for resource
Towle said that Norwell Harrigan, a Virgin Islander, has been named
vice-president of the Foundation. Harrigan-a former government secretary in
the British Virgin Islands-is director of the Inter-Virgin Islands Study
Project at the College of the Virgin Islands.
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