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February 02, 2009


Brades, Montserrat  –  February 2, 2009 – On January 29, 2009 the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, MVO, unveiled a new logo and public education plan for the next two years. Branded as the Living with our Volcano Program, the outreach plan promotes both volcano safety and education on island.

"In developing this program, our primary focus was to ensure that residents would be educated on the hazards posed by the volcano and that they would understand how to live safely with it," said Stacey Edwards of the UWI Seismic Research Centre. "However, it was also very important for us to include a component where Montserratians were encouraged to use the volcano as a learning tool."

Since its inception, the Observatory has been heavily involved in education and outreach activities. The MVO Outreach Plan 2008-2010 marks the first time that the organization will deliver a comprehensive strategy for providing information on the Soufri│re Hills Volcano. The results from surveys and meetings with stakeholders were used to identify target groups, develop messages and select communication tools for the program.  Highlights from the program will include a refurbished MVO website, development of a SHV Educator's Guide for schools and MVO Information Kiosks.

The MVO also launched its new logo to symbolize the Observatory's evolution throughout its thirteen-year history.  Designed by Guillame Levieux, the logo's green illustrates the living part of the Emerald Isle, the gray represents the volcano and ash and the red seismic signal symbolizes science.  "The ash plume reminds us that the volcano is active and the delta is an important part of the Montserratian landscape," remarked Levieux.

The MVO is one of the island's most popular tourist attractions, offering tours that include a multimedia presentation and spectacular views of Soufriere Hills Volcano from its lookout balcony.  Established in 1995, the MVO monitors the volcano on Montserrat and provides the authorities with impartial advice on volcanic activity and associated hazards.  The MVO is a statutory authority of the Government of Montserrat and it is jointly managed by the UWI Seismic Research Centre and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.

Montserrat, a lush green and mountainous island of approximately 39 square miles, lies in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Known fondly as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, this pear shaped island is a traveler's paradise for nature lovers, divers, adventurers, family and villa vacationers, and honeymooners.  This British overseas territory boasts the spectacular Soufri│re Hills Volcano, a modern day Pompeii in the form of its buried former capital city Plymouth, alongside lush, green mountains, world class nature trails, deserted dark sand beaches, untouched reefs and a quiet friendly charm reminiscent of the way the Caribbean used to be. For more information on Montserrat and its breathtaking scenery and unspoiled, unpolluted coral and volcanic vistas, visit


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