Today I went around with some of the leaders of the Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Board – Technical Working Group (TAWMB-TWG). Our mission, to pick-up the Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) in half of the bioregion along with any other environmental data and management plans that would fit in either this or the next stage of
the inventory. Of course things never go so straight-forward as just going to the municipal halls, saying – hey! where’s those docs I was asking for? – and than just bounce out. This process is coated with story-telling, meeting people, randomly being asked to give awkward speeches in front of crowds, and touring sights.
Today’s trip was really cool in that there was a common theme in these side-trips – sustainable businesses for low-income communities. The first being a program facilitated by the Environment and Natural Resource Office of the Municipality of Pavia where disadvantaged citizens are recycling discarded textiles into really cool goods. Another project is being facilitated by a civic-group in the Municipality of Maasin and is being suppervized by the Region 6 Department of Environment and Natural Resources where people are learning how to take fallen banana leaves and instead of letting them go to waste they turn it into twine.
It was a fascinating day that ended with a journal full of stories of communities pulling themselves into stable jobs while sustaining the health of the watershed and five thick stacks of Comprehensive Land Use Plans. Time to hit the books!