The Saint-Martin Uni association (ASMU) starts the “Konté” project in the priority districts of the island

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For ASMU, this is the first brick of its “Boost resilience” program, which is intended to be applied throughout the territory of Saint-Martin. The project “Konté pou on landemen ka vouè jou” (Tell your story, to build a better tomorrow) is the fruit of the work of a coalition of Caribbean actors: ASMU in Saint-Martin, the Atelier Odyssée (AO) associations. and L'Effet Papillon (EP) in Guadeloupe, as well as Citizenship and Development (CIDEV) in Haiti, funded by ADEME via Karayib Klima (fund managed by Unite Caribbean).

At the end of September, “Konté” materialized at Sandy-Ground and Quartier d'Orléans by training around ten people (volunteers or recruited by ASMU) spread over these two districts, to become “story collectors”. Their function will be, in the coming weeks, to collect from the inhabitants several hundred short stories related to the effects of climate change and the adaptation of people and territories. It is therefore a question of understanding the representations and questions of the population who live in these neighborhoods.

Once the 400 stories have been collected in Saint Martin, 800 in all in the coalition (listening phase), the thousands of associated data will be analyzed by ASMU and its interested civil society or institutional partners (learning phase). The results will then be shared with residents, public and private stakeholders in the area, then discussed during a dialogue event on the desired futures in the neighborhoods (sharing phase).

These activities will take place from October 2021 to March 2022, with the desire for ASMU to multiply this work of listening and learning on the scale of the island on the one hand, and to extend it by a work of mobilization. of the same populations towards the construction of economic, social, solidarity activities and resilient to climate change. Funding research for this highly operational suite of local responses to the effects of climate change is underway (particularly with the ESF, and with partners already involved).

“It's an adventure that begins! Thank you for the welcome that will be extended to the collectors and welcome to all those who wish to join the “Konté” experience! Do not hesitate to contact ASMU ”, underlines Taï Ghzalale, president of ASMU.

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