Students enrolled in the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico’s Geomatic Sciences Department majoring in land surveying and mapping, recently unveiled a study related to the Península de Cantera’s Guachinanga Islet that will soon be used to develop an ecotourism project there.
The seven students spent several weeks visiting the Guachinanga Islet area gathering data that architects and engineers will be able to use to develop a blueprint to lay down trails for visitors.
“It’s a great help that will result in the expansion of the Península de Cantera’s community ecotourism project, while observing the legal protection of these resources,” said Luis Cintrón, executive director of the Península de Cantera Development Company.
The student project sought to identify the demarcation of the Islet’s maritime zone and topographic features, prepare measurements, locate the trail and generate a graphic rendering of the area. The group in charge of the project comprised students Anthony Orlandi, Jhamil Rivera Zayas, Steven Gelpí, Kelvin González, Francisco De Benney, José López and Erik Gómez.
“[The students] have not only made a great contribution to the academic community but also inserted themselves into a neighboring area to their school to help them continue their development,” said Fernando Silva-Caraballo, director of the Puerto Rico Institute for Conservation Sciences.