The AMMC Cultural Heritage Database Project With funding and support from The Organization of American States (OAS), The Zemii Foundation created a users guide for The Bahamian Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC). The purpose of the database is to maintain accurate documentation of all Bahamian Cultural Heritage records, including books, newspapers, magazine and other publications, academic dissertations, photographs (historic and contemporary), oral history records (written, audio recordings and video), land deeds and other public record, church records and others. The guide is designed to help AMMC personnel correctly and efficiently enter and cross reference all of these various records, so that such information will be easily available to governmental agencies, genealogists, historians, archaeologists, students, developers, scientists and researchers of all kinds.
The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos During the past several years the Zemi Foundation has worked with various organizations, such as OAS, UNESCO, AMMC, and community based organizations on the research and documentation of several cultural resource management initiatives. Projects have included:
The development of cultural resource management protocol for government and non-government agencies
The documentation of Bahamian Cultural Heritage archival documents
Sustainable economic program development in the family islands (aka out islands) of The Bahamas
Various cultural, ethnographic and archaeological research initiatives on behalf of the government of The Bahamas.
St. Kitts and Nevis Numerous projects have been conducted to ensure that the cultural heritage of Nevisians are identified and protected for generations to come.
An extensive study of the identification of cultural and heritage resources of those who were enslaved was conducted to ensure that the histories of vulnerable communities would be included in all conservation measures. Full details of this work here
A marine archaeology project: The Discovery of HMS Solebay. On 25 January 1782, the 28 gun frigate HMS Solebay was wrecked on the Southwest coast of Nevis in the Leeward Islands on the first day of the Battle of Frigate Bay. On 26 March 2010, she was discovered by a team made up of representatives of The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS), The Nevis Air and Seaport Authority (NASPA), and Envision Mapping of the UK.
The Caribbean Journal of ESD March 2012: The Zemi Foundation created the inaugural July 2012 issue of The Caribbean Journal of Education for Sustainable Development. The issue focused primarily, but not exclusively on coastal and water management issues within the Caribbean region. Please contact us for further details In October, 2010, UNESCO held a Regional Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting was attended by ESD experts from all over the Caribbean. During the course of the conference, participants Dr. Kelley Scudder and Paul Diamond of The Zemi Foundation suggested developing both an online forum and a regional publication whereby educators, government agencies and Non-Governmental Agencies (NGO's) could voice their experiences in the successes and failures of sustainable development planning initiatives. Pursuant to these goals a network of ESD contributors were quickly recruited and immediately work began on these endeavours.