26.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Sandwatch in Indonesia is initiated in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi

The first batch of Sandwatchers in Wangi-wangi Island ©UNESCO/Lisa Hiwasaki

Eighteen students and six teachers from 3 schools on Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia gathered at Madrasah Alliyah Nasional (MAN) 1 school on 17 and 18 December 2012 to kick-start the implementation of Sandwatch activities.

Three schools will be participating in implementing Sandwatch activities on the island, i.e. Sekolah Menengah Atas Nasional (SMAN) 1 Wanci, Madrasah Alliyah Nasional (MAN) 1 Wanci, and Sekolah Menengah Pertama (SMP) 2 Waha.

UNESCO Office Jakarta and FOCIL Foundation organized a 1.5 day training of trainers inviting teachers (two teachers from each school) and students (4-6 students from each school), to socialize the concept of Sandwatch for climate change adaptation and education for sustainable development, discuss Sandwatch methodologies, and to develop a one-year workplan for Sandwatch implementation in the respective schools.

During the training workshop and fieldtrip to the Waha beach, the teachers and students identified the environmental problems facing Waha beach, discussed the environmental problems they will focus on as part of Sandwatch activities (each school will choose a beach where they will implement Sandwatch), discuss on how Sandwatch activities can be regularly implemented in the schools for the next 5 months and beyond.

Coastal environmental issues identified and discussed at the training include sand mining and the ensuing rapid erosion, beach use, and debris. One-year workplans for beach monitoring, data analysis, result sharing and taking action are currently being developed by each school.

The participants are looking forward to sharing the knowledge they have gained with other students and plan on inviting other students to implement Sandwatch activities and be part of the global Sandwatch programme. It is expected that by mid 2013, at least 40 students will have been involved in Sandwatch activities in Wakatobi. The first beach monitoring will be carried out by mid January 2013.

For more information on Sandwatch in Indonesia and Timor Leste, please click here.

For more information on the global Sandwatch activities, please click here and www.sandwatch.ca

For more information about this initiative, please contact Lisa Hiwasaki at l.hiwasaki(at)unesco.org

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