Sandwatch in Tuvalu
Tuvalu’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) for climate change adaptation identified coastal issues as a major concern and recommended the introduction of beach monitoring methods linked with education programmes. In order to implement this recommendation, it was decided to introduce the Sandwatch programme in Tuvalu.
Twenty four primary and secondary school teachers from Funafuti and Vaitupu took part in a Sandwatch Training Workshop from 22-24 August 2012. The workshop was organised by the Department of the Environment, the Ministry of Education & Sports and the Sandwatch Foundation. Carol Young, from the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, led the workshop.
Due to limitations with air freight services to Tuvalu in July and August, the equipment purchased in advance for the training workshop did not arrive in time. However, the participants improvised with basic equipment purchased locally.
The workshop was a resounding success, as one participant said: “Thank you to all stakeholders who have made this wonderful workshop a reality. It has been an eye opening event for such a big issue (beach sustainability) but was delivered in such a manner that it was very easy to follow and simple to implement from materials that can be obtained simply and could be done by everyone. Thank you once again Sandwatch now, I can contribute positively to the better health at our beach.”
August 2012: Twenty four primary and secondary school teachers from Funafuti and Vaitupu participated in a Sandwatch Training Workshop (Aug 22-24,2012). Click here to read the workshop report. Workshop photos are below.
Participants at the Aug 22-24th Sandwatch Workshop (Click here to see all photos)