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UWI Teaches Lessons from the Nariva Swamp

For Release Upon Receipt - April 9, 2008

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) is pleased to announce a special showing of its documentary videos, The Nariva Swamp: A Contested Wetland—Issues of Gender and Sustainability and Living with the Nariva Swamp: Participatory Research with Kernahan and Cascadoux. The showing will take place on Thursday 24 April 2008, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Centre for Language Learning (CLL), UWI St. Augustine.

The Nariva Swamp examines the competing demands of conservation and development. It also explores the significance of gender and social analysis to environmental research and policy. Living with the Nariva Swamp focuses on using ethnographic research and qualitative techniques when exploring the relationship between women, men, boys and girls, and the ecosystem in which they live. Both contribute to understanding the ways we can research, document and learn more about the relationship between humans and natural ecosystems.

Key Speakers include Dr. Grace Sirju-Charran, Senior Lecturer, Department of Life Sciences; Professor Rhoda Reddock, Head, The Centre for Gender and Development Studies; Mr. David Boodhoo, Wildlife Officer, Wildlife Section, Forestry Divison of the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment; and Ms. Nicola Cross, Senior Education Officer, Corporate Relations and Public Education Department at the Environmental Management Authority. The Honourable Minister of Education, Esther Le Gendre has also been invited to speak.

Lower Sixth Form secondary students and students at The University of the West Indies are particularly encouraged to attend this free event. The videos will be on sale for TT$200 (for local participants) and US$50 (for international participants) each.

For more information or to confirm participation, please contact Glenda Ottley or Gabrielle Hosein at or (868) 663 1334 Ext. 2533, 3548, 3549 on or before April 18th, 2008.