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Second Regional Sandwatch Project Workshop, 7-9th July 2003

Seeking to mobilize schools and sensitise young people to protect and preserve the Caribbean Sea, the Sandwatch Project aims to train school students in the scientific monitoring of beaches so that, together with their communities, they can use this information to effectively manage the region's beaches and to reduce the impact of pollution. Sandwatch activities are conducted by students in the Caribbean region, aided by their teachers and communities, and supported by UNESCO's Associated Schools Project Net (ASPnet) Caribbean Sea Project and the platform for Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI).

Students observing sand grains with a magnifying glass, May 2001
Observing and recording beach characteristics in St. Lucia, May 2001
Students role playing different beach users, First Regional Sandwatch workshop, May 2001

Since 2001, Caribbean students of all ages have been working to measure their beaches - monitoring factors such as water quality, rates of beach erosion, types of litter, and ways in which the beaches are used. This represents the first phase of the project and is to be followed by a second phase when young people will work with their teachers, parents and communities to implement projects in their countries to enhance their beaches and solve some of the identified problems.

Between 7-9th July 2003, students and teachers met in Dominica for the Second Regional Sandwatch Project to share their findings, assess the project's progress and plan future activities. A report on the workshop has been prepared; this includes the main outcomes, the programme and the list of participating countries. A tree planting ceremony on the Glanvillia beach was among the many activities. Drama presentations, cultural displays and a flag ceremony also featured prominently in the programme. The workshop was covered by Dominica's media, and newspaper articles were also published in other countries e.g. Trinidad and Tobago.

By linking up with the Small Islands Voice initiative, participants from Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and Cook Islands and Palau Pacific region took part in the Second Regional Sandwatch Workshop. They played a key role in judging the presentations from the Caribbean countries and prepared proposals for Sandwatch activities in their countries.

 
 

To get involved, contact :

 
 

Ms. Gloria Shillingford
Secretary-General
UNESCO National Commission for the Commonwealth of Dominica
Ministry of Education
Government Headquarter
Roseau, Dominica
T: +1 767 449 9059
F: + 1 767 448 0644
unesco@cwdom.dm

 

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