Audio-Vidéo : Bios-1906-7
Volcano tourism in St. Lucia and Dominica: Combining Science and Community
Auteur(s) : Joseph, Erouscilla
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: Université des Antilles AREBio Groupe de recherche BIOSPHERES : BIOlogie, Sciences Physiques & Humaines pour les énergies Renouvelables, l
Extrait de : "1er Colloque international BIOSPHERES", du 18 au 20 juin 2019. Université des Antilles
Description : Volcano tourism plays an important role in the economies of volcanic islands in the Lesser Antilles. On islands like St. Lucia and Dominica these volcanoes have been utilized as geoparks and the areas even being designated as World Heritage Sites. In many of these islands, farming communities also live on the slopes to these volcanoes and with the increased pursuit of geothermal energy the siting of geothermal operations are also located in close proximity. Volcanic activity, therefore, has a significant impact on these islands at a local and national level. Many volcanomonitoring institutions face the financial and human resources challenge of providing ongoing monitoring services to economically burdened small island states. This has often led to the exploration of alternative low-cost monitoring options and strategies to be adopted by monitoring agencies. One such strategy is the adoption of a volcanic risk reduction approach to research and monitoring activities, which integrates the social and physical sciences through the engagement of local communities as partners with scientists in disaster risk reduction. We present a recent approach adopted using this type of strategy in St. Lucia and lessons learnt from this approach with implications for volcano tourism on island. The potential use of this strategy in Dominica is also presented, given the economic challenges the island currently faces during its ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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