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Sandwatch Project in Palau

Seeking to mobilize schools and sensitise young people to protect and preserve their beaches, 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 their beaches and to reduce the impact of pollution. Starting in the Caribbean in 1999, this project is supported by UNESCO's Associated Schools Project Net, the Coasts and Small Islands Unit and regional offices. Recently the scope has expanded to involve islands in the Pacific Ocean including Palau.

Ms. Anu Gupta of the Palau Conservation Society attended the Second Regional Sandwatch Workshop held in Dominica in July 2003 and wrote 'It is clear that those students and teachers involved with the Sandwatch Programme found it to be rewarding and enjoyable'.


Photo caption: Ms Anu Gupta planting a West Indian Almond tree behind the beach at Portsmouth, Dominica, July 2003

In 2004 several sets of beach monitoring equipment were provided to Palau by the Small Islands Voice project and Sandwatch activities will be started in the schools as part of Palau Conservation Society's 2004/5 environmental education programme. Four primary schools, all of which have beaches nearby, have been selected: Kayangel, Ngiwal, Ngaraaard, Ngcherelong. Visits to these schools are scheduled for September/October, when the Sandwatch methodology will be introduced. While beaches are not under significant threat at the moment in Palau, the monitoring skills that students learn through this programme can also be applied to other environments with more pressing concerns (such as mangroves).


Photo caption: Beach erosion in the RockIslands, July 2002


Photo Caption: Construction of the Compact Road in Babeldaob has disrupted drainage through many mangrove areas and watersheds, Nov. 2002

 

To get involved, contact :

 
         

National Co-ordinator
Mr Joe Chilton
Palau Community College
PO Box 9
Koror, 96940
Republic of Palau
T: + 680 488 2470
F: + 680 488 6563
Tutiic@yahoo.com

     
Ms. Tiare Holm
Palau Conservation Society
P.O. Box 1811,
Koror, 96940
Republic of Palau
T: ++ 680 488 3993
F: ++ 680 488 3990
pcs@palaunet.com
 

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