Sandwatch in Indonesia
Some new pictures of our projects’ execution in Blebak Beach Mlonggo, Jepara. There, we engaged more than 40 students from SD N 2 Jambu (elementary school) to know about beach management for ecotourism, mangrove forest and the ecosystem. - Please click here for full details
Dear Sandwatchers, thank you so much of being IGAF partners. On behalf of the Indonesian Green Action Forum (IGAF), we would like to report our progress of the IGAF Eco-projects. We have involved more than 900 members from 35 environmental projects; including children, youth and local community to take a part on the projects. This year, we will do many more environmental projects for small to big events based real field projects (agriculture, forestry, fishery, climate change and global warming, and peace culture) by engaging three categories of members like mentioned above.
Below we attach our project progress and the 7th UNEP SEAYEN Meeting reported by NYAAC-Ms. Aileen Yap. Please click on the links below each cover page to see full details of each of our projects.
COASTAL EDUCATION - JEPARA’S BIOCOMPOSITE: A GREEN PRODUCT TO SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY
By Achmad Solikhin
IGAF Focal Point for the UN agencies
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago with over 17,000 islands. It venerates its citizen to tend and preserve the islands of being well-managed. However, east coast in Indonesia has been threatened and confronted not jake condition due to mangrove forest degradation.
The Indonesian Government, in particular Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Forestry, hurdles the above obstable by restoring the forest and planting its seedlings. Even as, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia has defined one billion plantings many more efforts have been persisted.
Youth – based organizations initiate indeed to perpetrate the same with propelling young people as the predecessor of action. Degradation of mangrove forest, that obstacle doesn’t hinder IGAF members to keep acting to settle. IGAF endeavoured to assign a voluntarily programme based the environment entitled COASTAL EDUCATION.
July 15th, 2014: Sandwatch partners with IGAF in Indonesia
This year, IGAF have engaged in a mutual collaboration with the UNESCO's Flagship Sandwatch Project. Sandwatch is a practical example of education for sustainable development and seeks to empower people of all ages to assume responsibility for creating and enjoying a sustainable future. In particular, it develops skills relating to critical thinking and conflict resolution, and instils a sense of caring for beaches and the environment.
Our goal is mutual successfully collaboration in the form of strategic partnership, and IGAF regards The Sandwatch Foundation as strategic advisor our ongoing eco-projects. We will frankly share and exchange information, knowledge, skills, mutual understanding about environmental projects throughout the world but especially in Indonesia. Here, IGAF will establish and share Sandwatch projects which are to be updated and published to Sandwatch’s website and social media forums and make brief report of the projects indirectly to UNESCO. In addition, Sandwatch and IGAF will get together to give some advice and recommendations of how to execute environmental projects and what milestones and challenges we face.
Yet, IGAF has been developed and implemented more than 30 green projects in Indonesia with engaging more than 30 top universities and 25 schools from Indonesia. These projects are well-known as the IGAF Eco-projects. These projects aim to address the environmental problems and the sustainability of the environment and peace of culture, and to help increase environmental awareness of children and young people in Indonesia.
IGAF Eco-projects: Agroforestry Education for CCA and CCM
By IGAF Focal Point to UN agencies
This year, precisely in February 4-9, 2014 there were four IGAF standing committees which worked together executing an environmental project planned previously. They were Hanny Zuyyinah L, Baskoro Pakusadewo, Achmad Solikhin and Achmad Mustaqim. The project successfully completed entitled Agroforestry Education for CCA and CCM. This project focussed on how to mitigate and adapt climate change through implementing agroforestry system.
March 11, 2013: Sandwatch pilot project launched in two schools in Lhoknga, Aceh, Indonesia
After training workshops held in Wakatobi in December 2012 and in Nusa Penida in February 2013, the third Sandwatch pilot project in Indonesia has now been initiated. Sandwatch training for students and teachers was held in Lhoknga, Aceh, on 8-9 March 2013.
Lhoknga, located in Aceh Besar district close to Banda Aceh, has a beautiful long coastline. It is rich in coastal and marine biodiversity, and is also where sea turtles lay eggs during September to May. The area, though completely devastated in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, has now been rebuilt. Fishermen have reported negative impacts from the tsunami on the coastal environment, including destruction of corals, and efforts to conserve the coastal environment have now begun.
UNESCO has partnered with the Jaringan KuALA (Koalisi untuk Advokasi Laut Aceh, or Advocacy Coalition for Aceh Sea), a local NGO working on coastal and marine conservation issues, to implement Sandwatch activities in Aceh. The objective of the Sandwatch pilot project is to strengthen existing local curriculum on coastal environment by emphasizing school-based, hands-on beach monitoring.
The first Sandwatch training in Aceh was held in secondary school SMAN (Sekolah Menengah Atas Negeri) 1 Lhoknga on 8-9 March 2013. There were over 40 participants, most of whom were students and teachers from 2 schools (SMAN 1 and MTSN (Madrasah Tsanawiyah Negeri) 1 Lhoknga). Representatives of government institutions (both at the district and provincial levels) and other NGOs in the KuALA network also participated in the workshop.
During the 2-day training, students in Lhoknga learned about the Sandwatch methodology and how to monitor the beach parameters, such as beach debris, weather & climate, sea turtles, water quality, and mangroves. A field visit was carried out to Lhoknga beach where the students practised the methods to measure beach parameters they learned during the workshop. In addition, they also began drafting school workplans on Sandwatch activities for the coming few months. The students will start implementing monitoring activities by end March.
The training was enriched by participation of traditional fishermen leaders (panglima laot), who gave a presentation and answered questions from the students and teachers.
In related news...- Feb, 2013, three schools in Nusa Penida, Bali, joined Sandwatch in Indonesia - Click here for more information
- Dec, 2012, Sandwatch in Indonesia is initiated in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi - Click her for more information
Consisting of 18,000 islands, 6,000 of which are inhabited, Indonesia has a significant potential for Sandwatch. Following the pouring of help to Nanggro Aceh Darussalam (NAD) Province (on the northern tip of Sumatra) after the devastating tsunami of 26 December 2004, efforts are now focusing on capacity building for local governments, communities and youth. One of the activities of the GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) supported project ‘Support for Local Governance and Sustainable Reconstruction’ (SLGSR) is looking at ways to develop local capacity in coastal management in NAD.
Sandwatch is a programme that has potential at both the school and community level, and SLGSR is working with other partners to test Sandwatch in the Indonesian context.
One of these partners is the GTZ supported Science Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP). SEQIP focuses on an integrated approach for science education at the primary school level with the emphasis on a “learning by doing” approach. Modules and lesson plans utilizing special equipment kits help students understand the topics specified in the Indonesian curriculum ranging from magnetism to the digestive system and from energy to water. SEQIP started in 1994 and has been successfully established in over 40,000 schools in the country. Primary schools in Indonesia are organized into clusters of six schools, and SEQIP modules, materials and training are provided to teachers in the core school who then share the knowledge with the teachers from the other schools in the cluster.
A module for Sandwatch is being developed currently and will be tested in the coming months. Tentatively called Environmental Education for Rivers and Coasts, a module and lesson plans will be prepared for the basic Sandwatch methods such as observation and recording; measuring erosion/accretion, sand composition, waves and currents, plants and animals; recording human activities and debris; and solving environmental problems. This will be designed specifically for the science and social science primary school curriculum. The Environmental Education for Rivers and Coasts module will be tested in two primary schools and after being evaluated, support will be sought for expanding the initiative.
By Susian Chan and Farid Selmi GTZ supported project SLGSR, Banda Aceh, Indonesia