21.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Expands Sandwatch Project to Timor-Leste

©UNESCO Jakarta/EstradivariThe students sorted some beach debris they collected into several groups and counted them

After successfully piloting Sandwatch project in three sites in Indonesia (Wakatobi, Bali and Aceh), UNESCO Office Jakarta has expanded Sandwatch project to Timor-Leste. Sandwatch in Timor-Leste is piloted in Liquica district and involves two senior high schools, i.e. Saint Jhon de Brito and Public 1.

UNESCO Office Jakarta, in close cooperation with Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO (TL Natcom), conducted the first ever Sandwatch training in Liquica district on 12-13 June 2013. The training was held in the Ministry of Education Office, Liquica district, and opened by its Director, Ms. Rosalina X. da Costa. A total of 40 students and 4 teachers from two schools participated in the training.

On the first day, participants were introduced to some information and facts related to the coastal environment in Timor-Leste and how to monitor beaches. Four experts were invited to deliver presentations: Mr. Estanislau A.Correia from National University of Timor-Leste (Why coastal conservation and management is important in Timor-Leste), Ms. Estradivari from UNESCO Office Jakarta (Sandwatch), Mr. Virgilio da Silva Guterres from Haburas Foundation (Beach debris) and Ms. Jenina from SESIM (Beach erosion; plants & animals).

On the second day, the students and teachers visited Koni beach to practice beach monitoring methods on 4 parameters, i.e. beach mapping, beach erosion, beach debris, and plants and animals. Besides conducting beach monitoring, the students also collected litter found at the beach. At the end of the day, the students presented their beach monitoring results to other participants and discussed the school workplans for Sandwatch project implementation in Liquica district for the next 4 months. Based on the discussions, it was agreed that beach monitoring activities will be done on every 13th day of the month.

From December 2013 to present, UNESCO Jakarta has initiated Sandwatch activities in 11 schools in 4 districts in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, involving 245 students and 22 teachers. Sandwatch implementation in Timor-Leste will benefit from the lessons learned gathered from Sandwatch implementation in Indonesia.

If your school is interested to join Sandwatch or you need further information on Sandwatch pilot project in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, please contact Lisa Hiwasaki (l.hiwasaki@unesco.org).

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