The first challenge was the remoteness of the target communities such as Matelot, Grande Riviere, and Brasso Seco. Much travelling to these remote areas was required to hold meetings with community members whose schedules also proved difficult to coordinate. The Project Team soon learnt that “one size does not fit all” –not only was each community differentbut it was important tounderstand the differences. The takeaway: time must be investedat the outsettowards developing relationships and trust.
Nevertheless, several successful educational workshops were conducted in places as far as Matelot with no direct access by car. Community members, recruited from these workshops and other meetings as potential “Pawi Guardians”, were trained in first aid and Pawi data collection with the help of the UWIPawi Study Group, the Forestry Divisionand eco-tourism experts. So far, these community members have spent over 177 man hours patrolling and collecting data in the forests of the eastern part of the northern range. Sightings have been recorded and new information is emerging.The UWI Pawi Study Group is currently analysing thisdata and adding to the scientific knowledge which will facilitate efforts behind the recovery of the Pawi.