Indonesian Coastal Education (ICE) Workshops in Tangerang, Demak and Kendal
In September 2013, UNESCO Office Jakarta and Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Kementrian Kelautan dan Perikanan/KKP), in close collaboration with the Indonesian National Council on Climate Change (DNPI: Dewan Nasional Perubahan Iklim), have launched a project titled Indonesian Coastal Education/ICE (Sekolah Pantai Indonesia) in Indonesia.
The goal of the ICE is to empower communities in Indonesia to adapt to climate change and to promote conservation of coastal areas through protection of “blue carbon” repositories using coastal education “Sandwatch” methodologies. Sandwatch is a UNESCO-initiated coastal environmental education project successfully implemented in many countries world-wide. KKP and UNESCO believe that the integration of the concepts of “blue carbon” and “Sandwatch” will bring multiple benefits for the coastal environment and communities, and thus contribute directly to the objectives of KKP’s Pengembangan Desa Pesisir Tangguh (PDPT) programme, in particular to “Bina manusia” and “Bina bencana dan perubahan iklim” foci. Thus ICE will be a direct contribution to UNESCO Jakarta’s implementation of Sandwatch project in Indonesia.
On 18-19 September 2013, the first ICE workshop was implemented in Junior High School (Sekolah Menengah Pertama/SMP) Terbuka Muara, Tangerang. The workshop was attended by 40 people, 30 students from SMP Terbuka Muara whom originated from the three villages near the beach (Tj. Burung, Tj. Pasir and Muara), 4 teachers, headmaster, representatives from Ministry of Education, and one representative from local facilitator of the PDPT. This was followed by a two back-to-back ICE workshops on 23-26 September 2013, held in Senior High School (Sekolah Menengah Atas/SMA) 1 Sayung, Demak and Vocational School (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan/SMK) 4 Kendal. Total participants from each of the workshops were 30 students from SMA 1 Sayung whom originated from the three villages near the beach (Sriwulan, Timbulsloko and Bedono), 2 teachers and 4 representatives from facilitator; and in Kendal was attended by 30 students from SMK 4 Kendal, 2 teachers and 1 representative from PDPT facilitator. In Kendal, the workshop was opened by Deputy Director for Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation, Hendra Yusran Siry, Ph.D.
For all workshops, the first day was held in a classroom where participants were given materials on various topics such as Sandwatch and its methodology; Waste Management on the Beach; Flora and Fauna on the Beach; Climate Change and its Effect to Coastal Area; Mangroves; Beach Erosion and How to Calculate the Rainfall. Speakers came from different backgrounds and institutions such as UNESCO, DNPI, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisik/BMKG), Mangrove Research and Development Institution (Lembaga Pengembangan dan Penelitian Mangrove/LPP), and KesSEMaT – Marine and Fisheries Student Organization, University of Diponegoro.
The second day of the workshop was beach monitoring in nearby beaches. Participants were divided into 4 groups according to the topics given on the first day. Each group monitored the beach condition based on several parameters which had been decided earlier. Once the beach monitoring was complete, each group discussed and analyzed the results. After group discussion, the workshop continued with presentations from each group on the results of the beach monitoring. Participants were quite active during the Questions and Answer sessions and have quite a good understanding of what other groups were monitored on the beach.
The workshop closed with participants agreeing to do at least 4 more beaches monitoring until November. The beach monitoring will be held every two weeks with supervision from the teachers and facilitators.
If your school is interested to join ICE or would like further information on Sandwatch pilot project in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, please contact Lisa Hiwasaki (l.hiwasaki(at)unesco.org).
Related link: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/priority-areas/sids/sandwatch/
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