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UNESCO Community Sandwatch Competition

Operation: Love your beach
Share our care - be aware    Footprints in the sand

An inter-regional Sandwatch competition was launched in September 2004, open to primary and secondary school students from schools involved in the Sandwatch Project in Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific countries. This competition, entitled 'UNESCO Community Sandwatch Competition', ran from 15 September 2004 to 1 May 2005. Substantial cash prizes were offered and schools had to submit entry forms by 30 November 2004. The objective of the competition was for students to plan, design, implement and evaluate a community-based beach enhancement project using the scientific beach monitoring methods that are an integral part of the Sandwatch project. For more information, see Announcement 1 and the competition guidelines.

The competition closed in May 2005. Thirty entries were received from the following islands: Bahamas, Barbados, Cook Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, San Andres Archipelago (Colombia), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. All the entries were reviewed by a team of judges in June and July. The judging panel noted that the standard of the entries was very high. Prizes were awarded in September 2005 to the winning entries in the primary and secondary school categories; awards were also given for special effort and originality.

Click here to see a summary of each entry and to read some of the reports in full. The entries were inspiring and illustrate ways in which Sandwatch has become integrated across school curricula. They provide many different examples of 'education for sustainable development in action' ranging from a Cuban school which focused on enhancing the understanding of construction workers at a beachfront hotel about caring for the beach environment, to a school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines which restored a degraded coastal area and ensured the local community adopt their project, thereby providing for continuation after the competition. Schools in The Bahamas and Cook Islands demonstrated perseverance and ingenuity when their beaches were destroyed by hurricanes/cyclones. Sandwatch is an activity in which students with special needs, such as autism, can get involved, as shown by a Cuban entry.


To get involved, contact :


Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform
UNESCO, Paris, France
fax: +33 1 45 68 58 08

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