joins and judges UNESCO Sandwatch project
UNESCO Sandwatch project is aimed at reducing the level
of pollution along the participating countries' shorelines.
Palau and Cook Islands acted as judges in an environmental
conservation competition held recently in Portsmouth,
contest that saw 17 countries take part was organised
by UNESCO under a beach monitoring programme called "Sandwatch"
which Seychelles has just joined.
other countries that took part in the July event were
Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, British Virgin Islands, Grenada,
Guyana, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Netherlands Antilles,
St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
and Trinidad and Tobago.
was represented by Ministry of Education and Youth environment
education coordinator Jeanette Larue, who told Nation
that Sandwatch is aimed at reducing the level of pollution
in the sea along the participating countries' shorelines.
of the main objectives was to train school children in
the specific observation and measurement of beaches,"
she said, adding that the programme is already under way
assist the students with the help of their communities
to apply the scientific data collected to the management
of the regions' beaches," she said. Prior to the competition,
a three-day workshop was organised in May 2001 during
which teachers from 17 Caribbean territories were trained
in simple beach monitoring techniques and provided with
manuals and equipment. Upon return to their countries,
they started to work with their students to monitor beaches
near their schools, and to collect and analyse data gathered.
the workshop held in Dominica last month, students involved
in the project presented the results of their beach monitoring
work through oral presentations and exhibits.
won the first prize in the primary school category while
Cuba came out the winner in the secondary school category.
judging, we used the delivery and content of presentation;
exhibition display; activities taken and methods used;
quality of data and information; data analysis and involvement
of other people," Miss Larue said.
said participants also had the chance to visit a nature
reserve, enjoy a boat trip and take part in a tree planting
prize-giving day, participants displayed and had the chance
to explain the symbolism of their national flags," she
said, adding that the judging nations; Seychelles, Cook
Islands and Palau had the opportunity to display material
and make short presentations on their countries and give
a brief on the environmental education work going on there,
especially with regard to the marine environment.
said Seychelles, which had just joined the project, was
chosen as a judge partly because of its healthy track
record of, and government's commitment to environmental
Nation, 6th August, 2003