Describe the degree of success you have had to date. How do you measure, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the impact on sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How has it transformed or contributed to the power of place or demonstrated the sustainability of tourism? How does your approach minimize negative impacts?
Over centuries the cultural landscape of the islands of Batanes was formed by its peoples adaptation to the land. They employ many sustainable practices in agricultural land management, in fisheries and in architecture. The adaptation was slowly perfected but recent changes have shown the abandonment of some of these practices particularly in building of the houses. Houses are traditionally built in cooperative fashion, with labor and materials contributed equally by neighbors without the exchange of money. This projects aims to demonstrate the importance of conservation not only of the houses but of the culture that builds them in their tourism. The documentation will preserve the processes in video and will allow them to be transmitted to others in a definitive visual manner keeping the traditions intact.
The province is currently being organized according to their contributions. Certain areas are sources for certain materials: grass for roofing, rocks for structure, lime for mortar, etc. the process is slow, as can be imagined when organizing people from 6 towns, spread over 3 islands that may only be travelled by sea. Research into the processes is underway. site selection is complete.