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Papua Delegates visit Eigg and Skye…

Professor Alastair McIntosh and members from the Centre for Human Ecology – Iain MacKinnon, Sibongile Pradhan, Camille Dressler and Vérène Nicolas – welcomed 14 delegates from the Indonesian province of Papua to visit the communities of Govan, Skye and Eigg. They included Maria Latumahina who came to the CHE as a Study Fellow last year, and who was supported in her independent study programme in Govan by a wide range of CHE members including Gerri Smyth, Jane Glenzinska and Miriam Rose.
Alex Rumaseb, the Head of Papua’s Provincial Planning Office, lead the delegates and they were taken to Eigg and Carnuscross in Sleat by Alastair McIntosh and his colleagues to explore how bottom-up development can empower communities.
Papuan Provincial Planners are concerned to ensure that they do not lose their connection to the land and their culture through the development of the cash economy as opposed to the gift economy which predated this. The trip gave them an insight into how the people of the Highlands of Scotland are keeping or reclaiming that connection:
“ We like the idea of ‘soil, soul and society’ working together” said Alex Ramaseb. “We want this to inform our 100 year plan for a healthy, happy Papuan Province.”