Sandwatch Community Meeting: Conclusion of Sandwatch Pilot Project in Nusa Penida island, Bali
To conclude Sandwatch activities in Nusa Penida island, Bali, a community meeting was held on 26 July 2013. The meeting was organized by Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) and attended by Nusa Penida’s community leaders, teachers and student representatives from the three schools involved in the Sandwatch pilot project. The purpose of the meeting was to share the results of monitoring activities implemented in Bali.
The half-day community meeting, held at SMAN 1 Nusa Penida, was attended by approximately 60 participants, 52 students from the three schools involved in the Sandwatch (SMAN 1 Nusa Penida, SMKN 1 Nusa Penida, and SMA Wisata Dharma Pariwisata), 6 teachers, headmasters and 1 representative from Majlis Alit (head of community leader). During the meeting, representatives from the three schools presented the results of their activities related to Sandwatch for the past 4 months. Beach monitoring, beach clean-up, and interview with a Bendesa Adat (village community leader) regarding awig-awig (traditional ecological knowledge) were activities that the students implemented.
Presentations were followed by active discussion sessions, involving not only students but also teachers. Main concerns identified were rubbish on the beach and beach erosion.. During the workshop, students performed drama, songs and speeches that they created and arranged on their own, with conservation of coastal areas as a theme.
Participants gave positive feedback on the implementation of Sandwatch and it is expected that the students and teachers who already have the knowledge on Sandwatch will disseminate and transfer the knowledge to others in the surrounding areas to protect their beach. Possibility to cooperate with other institutions and partnership with Bendesa Adat to do the coastal conservation activities in the future came out as one of the actions to follow-up once the pilot project finishes in July.
The meeting concluded with participants highlighting the importance of conserving the coastal area and their willingness to continue the beach monitoring. They intend to keep exchanging information among them and possibly conduct joint activities in the future for Nusa Penida area. FNPF has agreed to support schools in the continuation of the beach monitoring and to conduct join activities.
If your school is interested to join Sandwatch or need 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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