July 30, 2010
SVG National Trust launches website

A website aimed at promoting culture and tourism with a view to fostering sustainable development has been launched here.{{more}}

The new site, Strabon Caraibes, is an interactive platform allowing access to national sites, while bringing together various partners of each member country of the network.

“Strabon Caraibes is a programme to promote Caribbean heritage,” Mathilde Laurens, Cooperation Officer at the French Embassy to the OECS member states said at the official launch on Monday, July 26.

St Vincent now joins Antigua, St Lucia, Trinidad, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis and the Dominican Republic, where similar sites have already been launched.

Laurens explained that the site has been designed so that individual countries will now have an avenue to identify and list their own indigenous heritage.

“It is also a way for countries to develop and market in the area of eco-tourism,” Laurens told SEARCHLIGHT.

Discussions for this country’s inclusion in the project began in March this year, according to Rachel Moses of the St Vincent National Trust, the entity which has been put in charge of coordinating the project locally.

“Out of that meeting came the SVG Strabon committee,” Moses further explained.

This committee includes Anthony Theobalds, Jacqueline English, Ronnie Daniel, Steve Stewart and Maxfield Williams.

It is expected that this team of persons would meet on a monthly basis to continue to discuss, develop and create an online system where persons can then learn about Vincentian heritage.

“Everything will be documented and the site will contain scholarly articles, virtual visits as well as interactive maps,” Moses said.

Although a committee of experts has already been set up to manage the website, Moses said that members of the general public are encouraged to submit their research.

This information will be overlooked and verified by the committee Moses said. The website’s address is (DD)