IMPACT of THE PROJECT
A particularly important part of the STREVA project is to foster relationships with the communities affected by volcanic activity in our forensic and trial settings. We have had a variety of projects that have enabled us to do this.
Workshops in Country
After the initial workshops in Ecuador, Montserrat, St. Vincent and Colombia you see described in the links, we have re-visited each country we have worked in several times, to discuss our results and techniques. We have held workshops with members of the community, our partners who monitor volcanoes and decision-makers and those who will have to manage risk in the event of an eruption.
We have made films in both St. Vincent and Colombia (and will soon release films from Montserrat and Ecuador). You can see our reflection on the St Vincent films on our sub-page. One of our blogs about the release of the films in Nevado del Ruiz can be found here: Nevado del Ruiz: Mud, Memories and Moving On.
Our film method has been incorporated in the Global Fund for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) Project: VolFilm.
Exhibits and Exhibitions
In September 2013 the University of East Anglia STREVA team led by Jenni Barclay created and 'erupted' a replica volcano. It was designed to illustrate both the opportunities and problems that volcanoes bring and the wonder they convey. You can read about the NorfolkVolcano on its website.
Following this STREVA researchers collaborated to create a new replica of one our study volcanoes: Soufriere St. Vincent. It was called the LondonVolcano because it started with a week long residence on the Lawns of the Natural History Museum and then went on to erupt and convey the opportunities and problems of volcanic activity in Oxford, Norwich, Nottingham (BGS) and at the GreenMan Festival. During the course of this interaction we also interacted with primary schools and communities in St. Vincent and the St. Vincent High Commission in the UK. Many of the links here will take you to LondonVolcano's website. This link takes you to a poster that Mel Rodgers, created to demonstrate how and why we did this.
David Pyle, Oxford University then took this one step further and created both a book and an Exhibition entitled 'Volcanoes: Encounters through the Ages' which saw 55,000 visitors pass through the Bodleian Museum in early 2017.
We have just recently (April 2018) taken this full circle and created a wonderful exhibit for the people of St. Vincent. This draws on findings from STREVA and another project, led by Wendy McMahon from the School of Amercian Studies, Media and Art at UEA. Over 350 school children and 100 community members witnessed its first showing in a community nestled in the foothills of Soufriere. It will remain there in perpetuity and has planned visits to many of the volcano-affected commuities in St. Vincent.
Involving Communities in Monitoring Activity
In Ecuador communities were already already engaged in monitoring the volcano Tungurahua (through the 'vigia' network), our work with IG-EPN has demonstrated the value of this (see outputs) and it was written about here. We used this to create case studies to demonstrate its importance in early warning for the United Nations Global Assessment of Risk. In early June 2018 we are off to Peru, with some 'vigias' from Tungurahua and members of IG-EPN to talk to them about how this might help in monitoring activity in Peru.
Last year we worked together with an Art Facilitator as part of a follow-on project on 'citizen science'. We are co-producing a book with the vigias to record their thoughts and experiences which will be available soon.
In St. Vincent we have worked with colleagues on our sister project, Earthquakes without Frontiers, and our collaborators, SRC and NEMO to start developing a similar monitoring project aimed at working on multiple risks. It will be embedded into a new project, run by SRC funded by the Caribbean Development Bank.