2001 Regional Workshop
from 18 Caribbean countries took part in the three-day workshop
in St. Lucia from 31st May to 2nd June 2001 and were joined by
students from seven St. Lucian Secondary Schools. The main purpose
of the workshop was to train the teachers in various beach monitoring
methods to determine levels in parameters such as erosion and
accretion, wave action, water quality and human beach activities.
A manual was prepared prior to the workshop and was distributed
to the participants. (This manual is currently being revised -
in 2005 - for publication). Classroom and beach sessions were
integrated to demonstrate the various techniques.
kits were also distributed to the participating countries, so
that at least three schools from each country could be involved
in the monitoring activities. A project implementation plan was
also prepared, which included proposals for a second workshop
in Dominica in 2003 to share the results of the monitoring.
sand grain size, shape and sorting
Using the water quality kits
Reading the compass
Recording observations on the beach
Putting fluorescent dye in the water to measure the currents