My Community: Our Earth --- GIS Education projects . . . .
- I'm not just sure what this MyCOE project is all
about, but it looks interesting --- contact Dr.
Patricia Solís <psolis@...> at the American
Association of Geographers for details and
information about how GIS might be applied in
projects in the Eastern Caribbean . . . and
thanks to Franklin McDonald for passing on the
newsletter in which this appeared. . . bp
>Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 20:30:44 -0500 (GMT-05:00)Introducing the 2006
>From: FMcDonald <fmcdonald@...>
>To: Gina S <gsanguinetti@...>, BPotter <bpotter@...>
>Reply-to: FMcDonald <fmcdonald@...>
MyCOE YOUTH CADRE
WORKING IN THE GREATER
CARIBBEAN & US GULF STATES
The My Community, Our Earth program is providing
the opportunity for a limited number of students to work
with local community projects using geographic tools and
concepts for sustainable development. Students will gain
critical workforce and educational experiences through their
4 to 6 month terms starting this month in Puerto Rico,
Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, and the US Gulf States.
Linkages among the distributed project universities,
community organizations, and governmental agencies will
include online networking and peer-to-peer mentoring. The
youth receive modest stipends.
Project activities at individual sites have been developed
in conjunction with local host organizations, local
community groups, and the MyCOE program, as described
in this update. Activities focus on using geography/GIS for
sustainable watershed/natural resource management,
planning or education in both urban and rural settings.
AAG manages the initiative with grants from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for
International Development, and with support from the U.S.
Geological Survey, ESRI, and other MyCOE Partners.
Local projects were selected by circulating a call for
proposals and identifying those with the greatest capacity to
accommodate students according to MyCOE goals. Priority
was given to projects with ongoing activities during 2006
that could benefit from the collaboration in a way that
otherwise would not be accomplished.
Students were selected from among applicants
responding to broadly and locally distributed calls for
participation within many different universities and
disciplinary departments. Selection committees chose each
student, balancing their ability to contribute significantly to
the projects as well as their potential to benefit and learn
from the MyCOE experience.
Development of additional projects for the last half of
2006 is underway in targeted locations. For more details,
contact Dr. Patricia Solís at psolis@....
MY COE projects in the Wider Caribbean (well, mostly Central America)
Web Mapping Watersheds for
Small Agricultural Producers
The Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario *
(Ministry of Agriculture) is developing a nationallevel
project to compile and serve data on
watersheds and natural resources for public access
and use via web-based mapping tools. Targeted
beneficiaries include small agro-producers
undertaking sustainable development activities.
Luis Antonio Domínguez Baso, working on his masters in
Environmental Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica de
Panamá will help with first phase spatial database building.
Guiding Teachers' Use of GIS as Core Tool
Didactic resources in Spanish for middle and secondary school
teachers will be produced through this project spearheaded by
Panama's Ministry of Science & Technology. Besides
improving the quality of basic science education by employing
GIS as a core integrative tool, the project encourages students
to address local issues by relating theory with practical action
focused toward sustainable development. Oscar Alexis
Torrez Ríos of the Universidad Latina Panamá will combine
his technological fluency with experience working in schools to
participate with the effort.
Integrating Community Mapping into Land Use Planning
Jointly implemented by the Ministries of
Agriculture and Justice, local municipalities,
organizations, the Project for Forests and Rural
Productivity (Proyecto de Bosques y Productividad
welcomes Nohemy Romero Ventura of the Escuela
Nacional de Ciencias Forestales to participate
in integrating participatory community mapping with ongoing
development of legally required local land use plans. *
Exploring Urban Environmental Problems
The Ministry of Land and Environment is conducting a
community-based project to map urban environmental
problems in anticipation of major development in key
Kingston parishes. Undergraduate student in Urban and
Regional Planning at the University of Technology of
Jamaica, Stephanie Linton will help the effort to formulate
planning strategies and guides that enhance the
communities' historical character and safeguard their
Coffee Agriculture and
The International Institute of Tropical
Forestry (USDA-Forest Service) is
working with Casa Pueblo and others
toward better practices of land
stewardship in the central mountains
of Puerto Rico. The project explores
sun and shade coffee agriculture
through analyses of landscape
attributes, ecosystem services, and
affects on biodiversity. Mario Flores
Mangual, a graduate student with the
University of Wisconsin's Department
of Soil Science and Nicole Anderson,
master's student in Environmental
Science at Washington State
University will team up with another
student volunteer -Lindsay Cray of
New York - to work on the project.
US GULF - TEXAS
Rural & Urban Sustainability
through Regional Natural Resource Management
Aiming toward sustaining the quality and health of natural resources in Texas'
"Hill Country," this project seeks to understand the dynamic relationship
between rural land use, sprawling cities, and a changing environment in a place
growing with tourists, homeowners, high-tech industry, and - more recently,
refugees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In conjunction with the National
Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Noah Hopkins joins the
MyCOE cadre while completing his honors thesis in Geography/Environmental
Resource Studies at Texas State University, San Marcos. °ø
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