Sandwatch takes part in the Scientific Conference on
“Our Common Future under Climate Change”
July 7- 10 2015, Paris, France
This large international science conference, held before the Paris COP21, took place in Paris, France with close to 2,000 participants from almost 100 countries. Together they explored current understanding of all dimensions of the climate change challenge plus the full range of mitigation and adaptation options that can lead to sustainable, equitable solutions across all nations and regions.
The main objective of COP21 in December 2015 is to produce a cooperation framework among
governments for addressing the challenge of climate change.
During one of the parallel sessions on “Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development – Towards holistic science education” Gillian Cambers, Co-Director of the Sandwatch Foundation, gave a presentation on “Towards holistic Sandwatch Education through Sandwatch”.
The presentation can be downloaded here.
El día 30 de abril del presente año, esta GOPLMSMP, dio a conocer en su página oficial de la red social Facebook (www.facebook.com/playaslimpiassanpedromixt), sobre la presencia de Oleaje de Gran tamaño pronosticado para las fechas 02 y 03 de mayo del 2015, con la posibilidad de tener la presencia del fenómeno Mar de Fondo. Este fenómeno mencionado se vio presente en la fecha pronosticada, superando las expectativas sobre la magnitud del mismo, el cual tuvo una duración de 3
días en la costa de Puerto Escondido, dejando una gran cantidad de daños en particular en playa Zicatela y teniendo efecto de oleaje de gran tamaño en las demás playas de esta localidad. Con base en el recorrido realizado por parte de la GO se obtuvieron los siguientes resultados y observaciones...Haga clic aquí para leer nuestro informe (abajo) en español
Sandwatch begins in Mumbai, India
My name is Pranav Khismatrao and am representing Podar International School, Santacruz (IB), Mumbai. India. We are eager to be a part of the sandwatch project.
We have done all the ground work and are ready to collect the data from the famous Juhu Beach in Mumbai to add to the Sandwatch online database.
More developments shortly.
Oaxaca, Mexico joins Sandwatch
Indonesia: Managing Blebak Beach - Jepara with Green Activities
New Issue of The Sandwatcher is out!
Sandwatch begins in Madeira, Portugal
Sandwatch online training videos now available in Chinese
In yet another important milestone for Sandwatch, our online training video are now available with Chinese subtitles. The translation of the Sandwatch videos are part of our overall strategy for expanding the availability of Sandwatch resources in China and the Chinese-speaking world over the next several years. A Chinese language edition of the Sandwatch manual is also in preparation and will be available later in the year.
The Chinese edition of the videos has been made possible thanks to long-time Sandwatch supporter Mr. Hans Thulstrup, Programme Specialist for Natural Sciences at the UNESCO Office in Beijing and his colleagues Ms. Yiwen He and Ms. Cherry Huang.The Chinese videos can be found online here... http://www.youku.com/playlist_
Sandwatch to begin at Peninsula Outdoor School, China in 2015
Sandwatch featured at ESD Conference Exhibition in Japan, November 2014
Sandwatch was one of twenty-five (25) Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) projects from around the world that was selected to exhibit their work during the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development “Learn today for a sustainable future” held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, 10-12 November 2014.
The conference marked the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and the starting point of the new Global Action Programme on ESD.
For three days in November, more than a thousand representatives from 150 countries met in Japan to assess and celebrate the achievements of the past decade and to develop strategies and activities for ESD after 2014. The conference reaffirmed the need to redouble efforts such that ESD is accepted as a mechanism to achieve a better world for present and future generations. - Click here for details
Two Successful Training Courses on Climate Change and Education for Sustainable Development
In addition the "Course on Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom" is now available on the Sandwatch website
It can be found on the Sandwatch website's 'Publications page', on the right right side of the screen.
The course combines elements from UNESCO’s Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development Course for Teachers with the Sandwatch programme’s methodology (measure, analyse, share and take action - MAST). It was developed specifically for educators in African coastal regions and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). These regions are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and the challenges it raises for the wellbeing of people and the ecosystems on which they depend. The course was designed for secondary level teachers and has two main modules. - Please click here for details of the course outline
Sandwatch begins at the Melekeok Elementary School, Republic of Palau
The results of the "Sandwatch 2014 Photo Competition: A Snapshot in Time - Beaches Past and Present" are in!
The entries were amazing and illustrate how beaches around the world have changed over the last twenty years. Perhaps, even more importantly, the entries show how Sandwatchers, coastal residents and many others too, care about their beaches.
Twenty completed entries were received from nine different countries covering Asia, Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Oceans. (The participating countries were: Bahamas, Colombia, Cuba, Indonesia, Kiribati, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Vietnam). Each of the winning schools will be presented with $750 USD each.
Click here to take a look at the attached announcement to see who won the Sandwatch 2014 Photo Competition.
Sandwatch begins in Vietnam at three beach locations
Soc Trang Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Gifted High School, Ward 6, Soc Trang City, Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam begins Sandwatch at three nearby beaches 1) Tran De Beach 2) Bai Gia Beach 3) Mo O Beach. Each of the three classes also entered the 2014 Sandwatch Photo Competition.
|20 year ago, Tran De Beach was a pristine sandy beach. Everyday, the wind look like an abundance dance of homeland. That is the day some youngs made a date every afternoon, to kite flying on the winds together in every afternoon. The laboriously peddless were confidence about some thing after a long day. The old people thought about their life with the footsteps in the sand. 20 year ago, Tran De had a yellow sand that we usually run though. In that place, there are big or small clam, There are many things were become fond of us. - Please click here to visit the Viet Nam Sandwatch Homepage|
Sandwatch recognized by UNESCO as an example of "Best Practices in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)" at conference in Japan
Projects in the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.
By Franklin Tejeda
Nagoya, Japan (November 9, 2014) .- As part of the celebration of the World Conference on ESD, we will be conducting an exhibition of projects identified by UNESCO as examples of best practices in education for sustainable development. A total of 25 initiatives in the Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Pacific, Arab States, Europe and North America will be presented.
The Dominican Republic was selected by UNESCO through the Sandwatch Foundation to present the experience of the Caribbean Sea Project "Sandwatch" which is implemented in the country since 2001 in collaboration with the Dominican National Commission for UNESCO (CNDU) and the Associated Schools Project Net (ASPnet). This exhibition will also include the experience of the Cuban ASPnet schools participating in the project. The Latin America and the Caribbean, and will be represented by 4 other projects: Earth Charter in Costa Rica, National Youth Network Environment of Colombia, Mexico and Verde Collective School Educators / Educator Sustainable Municipality Brazil.
For more information on Sandwatch, access the virtual repository hosted http://goo.gl/NGIQNP documents (Google Drive), also see the work of other countries visiting the Sandwatch Foundation website www.sandwatch.ca/
Exhibición de proyectos en la Conferencia Mundial sobre Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible.
Por Franklin Tejeda
Nagoya, Japón (09 de noviembre de 2014).- En el marco de la celebración de la Conferencia Mundial sobre la EDS, se estará realizando una exhibición de proyectos identificados por la UNESCO como ejemplos de buenas prácticas sobre educación para el desarrollo sostenible. Se presentarán un total de 25 iniciativas de las regiones de América Latina y el Caribe, África, Asía y Pacífico, Estados Árabes, Europa y Norte América.
La República Dominicana fue seleccionada por la UNESCO, a través de la Fundación Sandwatch para presentar la experiencia del Proyecto del Mar Caribe “Observando la Arena”,
el cual se implementa en el país desde el año 2001 con la colaboración de la Comisión Nacional Dominicana para la UNESCO (CNDU) y su Programa de Escuelas Asociadas (RedPEA).
Esta exhibición también incluirá la experiencia de las escuelas de la RedPEA cubana participantes en el proyecto.
La región de América Latina y el Caribe, además estará representada por otros 4 proyectos: Carta de la Tierra de Costa Rica, Red Nacional de Jóvenes Ambiente de Colombia, Escuela Verde de México y Colectivos Educadores / Municipio Educador Sustentable de Brasil.
Para obtener más información de Observando la Arena, acceder al repositorio virtual de documentos alojado en http://goo.gl/NGIQNP (Google Drive). También
conocer el trabajo de otros países visitando el sitio web de Sandwatch Foundation www.sandwatch.ca/
NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HOLDS SANDWATCH TRAINING WORKSHOP
Santo Domingo (November 1, 2014) .- In collaboration with the National Institute for Teachers Training (INAFOCAM) and the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL), the Dominican Republic National Commission for UNESCO (CNDU) shared the methodology of the Caribbean Sea "Sandwatch" Project during a Course-Workshop on Capacity Building on Climate Change for Sustainable Development, aimed at Teacher Educators. The meeting was held from 27 to 31 October in the coastal town of Juan Dolio, San Pedro de Macoris Province, Dominican Republic. - Please click here for full details and photos
COMISIÓN NACIONAL DOMINICANA PARA LA UNESCO PROMUEVE EL ENFOQUE DE TRABAJO DEL PROYECTO “OBSERVANDO LA ARENA”
Santo Domingo (01 de noviembre de 2014).- En colaboración con el Instituto Nacional de Formación Magisterial (INAFOCAM) y el Consejo Nacional para el Cambio Climático y el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (CNCCMDL) la Comisión Nacional Dominicana para la UNESCO (CNDU) compartió la metodología de trabajo del Proyecto del Mar Caribe “Observando la Arena”, durante la realización del Curso-Taller para el Fortalecimiento de las Capacidades en Cambio Climático para el Desarrollo Sostenible, dirigido a Formadores de Docentes. El encuentro se celebró del 27 al 31 de octubre en la ciudad costera de Juan Dolio, provincia San Pedro de Macorís, República Dominicana. - Por favor haga clic aquí para más detalles y fotos
Sandwatch to Begin on Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde Islands
October 22-25th, 2014: The Cape Verde’s Nation Commission for UNESCO is launching Sandwatch on the island of Boa Vista with the assistance of the local high school, primary schools and three environmental NGO’s this month. The Cape Verde islands are one of the largest marine turtle nesting areas in the Atlantic and Sandwatch ties in perfectly with our desire to protect our local beaches.
|The Sandwatch training session will be held on Boa Vista, October 22-25th for teachers, students, Ministry of the Environment officers, NGO members and others.|
The trainer is Professor Carlos Inacio from the Institute of Education and the project is being supported by the Riu Karamboa Resort Hotel (http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/cape-verde/boa-vista/clubhotel-riu-karamboa/) and the islands Office for Tourism Development, the Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Turístico das Ilhas de Boa Vista e Maio (SDTBM). This partnership between the Ministry of Education, local govt, NGO’s and the private sector should guarantee a good implementation of Sandwatch on Boa Vista. - Please click here for full details of the Boa Vista Training Session
October, 2014: Dominican Republic Schools start Sandwatch training
By Franklin Tejeda
Santo Domingo (October 10, 2014) - Four schools in the Dominican Republic Associated Schools Project, which are involved in the Caribbean Sea Project "Sandwatch” conducted the first days of field practice related to 2014-2015 school year at four beaches of the Caribbean Sea coastline between 23 September and 8 October 2014. - Click here to read complete report
Guardarenas de la República Dominicana inician las jornadas de prácticas de campo 2014-2015
Santo Domingo (10 de octubre, 2014).- Cuatro Centros Educativos de la RedPEA Dominicana, participantes en el Proyecto del Mar Caribe “Observando la Arena” (PMCOA) realizaron entre el 23 de septiembre y el 8 de octubre, las primeras jornadas de prácticas de campo correspondientes al año escolar 2014-2015 en cuatro playas del litoral costero del Mar Caribe.
Sandwatchers from The D.R, and Cuba Invited to Present in Japan
Sandwatchers from Cuba and The Dominican Republic have been invited to attend The ESD Project Exhibition at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which will be organized in Aichi-Nagoya (Japan) from 10 to 12 November 2014.
Full details on the upcoming conference can be found at….http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/
Cuba attends Sandwatch Database and Climate Change Workshops in The Dominican Republic
Acting as facilitators of the workshop were Dr. Gillian Cambers and Dr. Dave Gray, both of The Sandwatch Foundation, creators of the international database and project coordinators.
Sandwatch partners with IGAF in Indonesia
Sandwatch begins in Timbuktu, Mali
I am submitting these first images from Sandwatch Mali as part of our Climate Change studies.
The next decade of Sandwatch in the Dominican Republic
An Interview with Ms Maria Mercedes Brito Feliz, Secretary-General, UNESCO National Commission, 29th May 2014
The Dominican Republic participated in the launch of Sandwatch and the first training workshop in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia in 2001 and has been actively involved ever since. In this article, we explore with Ms Maria Mercedes Brito Feliz some of the reasons for the success of Sandwatch in the Dominican Republic, and what the second decade looks like for Sandwatch in Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic: Sandwatch & UNESCO hold Regional Caribbean Climate Change Training
26-29 May, 2014: Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom
Hotel Bellevue Dominican Bay, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
Module 3 provides an opportunity for participants to build on the materials and activities presented and develop an educational intervention that they will undertake on return to their home countries.
Simultaneous translation provided for the course delivery in English and Spanish.
The Gambia holds massive Sandwatch beach clean up!
The exercise attracted over 2000 people including the Deputy Mayor, Mrs Amie Sillah (deputising for the Lord Mayor), staff of the National Commission for UNESCO, representatives of the Office of the President, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture among other stakeholders in the hotel industry. The turn out from the aforementioned and the community-based groups such as women and youth of Banjul was massive. All the 15 ASPnet schools in the Greater Banjul positively responded to this call and all the newspaper houses - eight of them covered the event as well as the Gambia Radio and Television Services. The National television broadcast the event during its 20.00 and 22.00 hours newscast.
UNESCO asks Sandwatch to expand within The Dominican Republic
A request from the WWF to Sandwatch
a request has been made by our colleagues at the WWF's Adaption to Climate Change for Marine Turtles (ACT) initiative. They are aware that many Sandwatch teams are involved in sea turtle conservation efforts and have requested your assistance in gathering data to assist them in their overall project goals.
Briefly, the objective of the project is to provide WWF with a tool for prioritizing nesting beaches and foraging areas for marine turtle populations in the Wider Caribbean. This tool will help WWF to make better informed decisions with regard to the allotment of funding for conservation efforts across the region.
If you team can assist with this project please contact Mr. Seth Sykora-Bodie
University of Maryland's Conservation Biology Program
WWF Adaption to Climate Change for Marine Turtles (ACT) initiative
Cape Verde Sandwatchers build an educational kiosk
February 2014: “Celebrating Environmental Protection by Planting Trees with Children ahead of the World Environment Day 2014 and in the context of the National Youth Day 2014 in Cameroon”
Ahead of the World Environment Day 2014 to be celebrated on 5 June, and in the context of the National Youth Day in Cameroon, the youth-led NGO Vital Actions for Sustainable Development (AVD) has organised a trees planting campaign called ‘’Plant-for-the-Planet’’.
The French Alliance in Cameroon, Garoua representation as well as local media also reported on the activity while local authorities included the campaign as part of the regional programme of environmental protection and sustainable development. - Click here to see full details and all our photographs!
Cameroon holds 3 day Sandwatch training workshop
- Presentation of Sandwatch , training session for youth and children;
- Two educational talks with the villagers and other participants and volunteers;
- Caravan collective information on the methods and group Sandwatch waste collection along the beaches identified in advance;
- Collective Session sorting waste collected and description of process pollution and water movement participants for Prevention dimensions;
- Closing ceremony of the year, followed by the presentation of certificates of participation and honorary degrees.
Twelve Schools Begin Sandwatch in The Dominican Republic
January 2014: The Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet) and the UNESCO National Commission for the Dominican Republic have just published their schedule of Sandwatch training activities for the school year 2013-2014. This includes training for 12 schools along the south coast of the country between January and June 2014.- Please click here for full details
Sandwatch Begins at the Agbedrofo Public School, Togo
After attending the UNESCO/Sandwatch workshop held on Praia, Cape Verde in November 2013, Mr. Gbemou, the chief environmental officer at the Bureau d’Etudes à la Direction Régionale de l’Environnement et des Ressources Forestières de la Centrale, in Kovie, Togo returned to his country and has started the process of establishing a Sandwatch team at the Agbedrafo Public Primary School (see photos on our homepage). He states that this school was chosen because when the school was built in the 1960’s it was about 1.5km from the ocean, now as you can see it less than 20 metres from the shore line! There is also a large pile of debris that has accumulated on the beach that the Sandwatch team hopes to clean up in the new year.
The December 2013 Edition of The Sandwatcher is out!
Don't forget to visit our website, www.sandwatch.org, for more information and to find out how to get access to the Sandwatch International Database and the Sandwatch Training Videos.
Six(6) Schools in Palmarin, South West Senegal start Sandwatch!
Sandwatch Begins in Guinea, West Africa
The Birth of Sandwatch in The Comoros
by Anthoy Ben Moussa, the author of this article, is a professor of life sciences and earth (SVT) at The Henri Matisse French School
Sandwatch starts at the Henri Matisse French School
Sandwatch Presented at UNESCO Workshop in Cape Verde
|November 19th-24th, 2013, UNESCO in association with The Sandwatch Foundation and Rhodes University (S. Africa) held a 4 day training course at the Hotel Prestana Tropico, in Praia, Cape Verde. The four (4) day workshop entitled, Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom was attended by twenty six (26) delegates from more than a dozen African nations, including Cape Verde, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Togo, Sao Tome, Cameroon, Nigeria, Mali and The Comoros. An additional 5th day of training on the new Sandwatch online data-base was also held for selected paricipants.|
Sandwatch works with UNESCO in Southern African Workshop
Grahamstown, South Africa, Oct 8th-11th, 2013
The participants came mainly from central and southern Africa and comprised secondary teachers, teacher educators and community educators from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Sandwatch Training Videos Launched!
We are pleased to announce that a series of Sandwatch training videos were launched via YouTube. These videos will provide viewers the opportunity to learn about Sandwatch activities and to review the methods used to monitor beach changes.
These training videos were prepared between 2012 and 2013, with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Government of Denmark and the University of Puerto Rico - Sea Grant College Program (UPR-SGCP). The communications team at UPR-SGCP filmed, produced and edited 17 videos with editorial input from the Sandwatch Foundation and UNESCO.
Each five minute video relates to a particular chapter in the Sandwatch Manual and is currently available in English on the following YouTube channel youtube.com/
There is a playlist on the YouTube Channel that plays the videos in order, starting with Chapter 1 and ending with Annex 2.
To read our press release for more information about the videos, please click here.
October 21, 2013: Linking schools across the oceans
Sandwatch Schools in Western Australia and Tarawa, Kiribati work together to study Ocean Acidification:
Sandwatch E-News, October 2013
The Sandwatch Foundation is pleased to present our fourth issue of Sandwatch E-News. In this issue we bring you news from the island of Bequia and the recently held Sandwatch Database Workshop.- click here to read the whole issue (1.7Mb pdf)
We hope you enjoy this E-News edition. If you have any comments or feedback, please send us an email at:
Don't forget to visit the website for more information and to find out how to get access to the Sandwatch International Database.
The Sandwatch Foundation
The Gambia: St. Joseph's Senior Secondary School
High Scools in Cape Verde Islands Conduct Sandwatch Survey
June 2013 Issue of The Sandwatcher is out
UNESCO Expands Sandwatch Project to Timor-Leste
UNESCO & Sandwatch Introduce New Climate Change Education Course
Sandwatch International Database Launched in Mauritius!
The Sandwatch International Database was launched in Mauritius on 20th March 2013 at an Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in Africa supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Republic of Mauritius.
UNESCO Launches Sandwatch Project in Two Indonesian Schools
11 March 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a Sandwatch pilot project in two schools in Lhoknga, Aceh, Indonesia, which aims to improve understanding of coastal environmental management in an area that was heavily impacted by the 2004 tsunami.
The Sandwatch training was held on 8-9 March, and brought together 40 participants from two schools, representatives from government, traditional fishermen leaders, and NGOs from the KuALA (Koalisi untuk Advokasi Laut Aceh, or Advocacy Coalition for Aceh Sea) network, which co-organized the training. The training included an outline of the Sandwatch methodology and beach parameters, including: beach debris; weather and climate; sea turtles; water quality; and mangroves. The outcome of the workshop included students drafting a work plan of activities, including monitoring activities starting at the end of March.
The training was the third of a series of workshops in Indonesia. The first two were held in Wakatobi in December 2012 and in Nusa Penida, in February 2013.
Sandwatch Teams from Trinidad & England Meet!
December 2012 Issue of The Sandwatcher is out
November 2012: Portuguese Edition of Sandwatch Manual Now Available
Oct 2012: Sandwatch starts in Tuvalu, South Pacific
Sept 2012: Sandwatch to be launched in Indonesia and Timor Leste (East Timor)
UNESCO Jakarta Office Produces a Sandwatch Brochure
The UNESCO Jakarta Office have produced an Indonesian-language Sandwatch brochure for use in Indonesia and Timor Leste as a way of raising awareness of Sandwatch within the two countries.
The goal of the project is to launch Sandwatch in schools in 2-3 sites in Indonesia and in Timor Leste.
Click here to see the brochure (1.1MB PDF)
June 2012: Sandwatch Presents at Rio+20 Conference
May 2012 Issue of The Sandwatcher is out!
Maldives Sandwatchers produce "Community Beach Management Toolkit"
Sandwatchers in The Madives supported by Live and Learn Environmental Education developed a Sandwatch Community toolkit which provides a step-by-step approach for communities to learn about how their beaches are changing and to begin taking action to cope with beach erosion, it also shows how it can be adapted for other island communities.
Sandwatch E-News 3: From Kiribati
Cape Verde holds teacher and students training workshops
Puerto Rico Students Make "Sandwatch How to Videos"
Sandwatchers in England and Greece make a movie!
The Sandwatch Team of Kings Park Primary School in Bournemouth, England in partnership with the 5th Primary School of Argostoli Kefalonia, Greece have made an excellent short animated video about protecting Loggerhead Turtles!
Sandwatch starts at Moroni High School, South Tarawa, Kiribati
Sandwatch training and sharing of results day' at the beach by Moroni High School students on South Tarawa, Kiribati (South Pacific). Other secondary schools in South Tarawa also took part
St. Joseph's (All Girl) Senior Secondary starts Sandwatch in The Gambia
Sandwatchers in The Gambia start work!
Sandwatchers in Turks & Caicos Islands plant trees
Sandwatch students on Grand Turk planted green buttonwood plants along the walkway of a new building on the H.J. Robinson High School.
The money for the purchase of these plants came from students of the SURF club selling icicles and cakes. Click here for full details
The Democratic Republic of The Congo Joins Sandwatch
We are a non-profit association of environmentalists called “Friends of Nature and Gardens” (ANJ) and we have been operating in the DRC since 2006.
Sandwatch Reps Attend UNESCO’s Experts Meeting on Climate Change for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (Sept 21-23, 2011, Nassau, The Bahamas)
Once again Sandwatch was well represented at an international UNESCO forum on climate change and education with Sandwatchers from The Seychelles, Kiribati, Cook Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis and of course The Bahamas attending.
September 2011 Issue of The Sandwatcher is out!
The Gambia Holds National Sandwatch Workshop
The Sandwatch Foundation was contacted in May 2011 by Linda Searle of ECOMAR (www.ecomarbelize.org) a Belize based marine conservation organization. She and her organization were interested in combining Sandwatch into their existing environmental studies particularly as they relate to the protection of marine turtles and their nesting environments.
In particular ECOMAR was eager to receive 25 copies of the new Sandwatch Manual for an upcoming Sea Turtle Workshop that was planned for Gales Point, Belize in June (photo left)
April 2011 Issue of The Sandwatcher is out!
Inside this Issue Sandwatch Activities in 12 Countries World Wide!
Just some of the highlights of this issue include...
Read the whole issue here! (1.1 mb pdf)
New Sandwatch Manual Launched at COP16 Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
Sandwatch Workshop Held in Samoa, August 27th-28th, 2010
Indian Ocean Regional Sandwatch Workshop held in the Seychelles, October 4-8th, 2010
The New Sandwatch Manual is Out!
The Sandwatch Foundation in association with UNESCO and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark is pleased to announce the publication of the new Sandwatch Manual: Adapting to Climate Change and Educating for Sustainable Development.
This new version of the manual provides information on climate change and new activities for enhancing beach resilience to climate change.
For Sandwatch groups already using the existing manual there is a Climate Change Addendum, which combines the new climate change sections in a single document.
We encourage feedback, suggestions and comments from users of the new manual and/or addendum.
In 2011 French, Spanish and Portuguese editions will also be produced.
A 3-day workshop, 15-17 September 2010, was held at the in Tarawa, Kiribati (in the South Pacific) entitled Sandwatch Curriculum Workshop.
There were a total of 26 participants, 19 teachers from junior secondary and high schools, 5 participants from the Curriculum Development and Resource Centre and 2 participants from MFRD. The workshop also bought together two different government ministries: MFRD and MYES, as well as the ESAT Project, Sandwatch Foundation and UNESCO. With the date of the first Kiribati Sandwatch Committee meeting set, it is hoped that Sandwatch will become a vibrant activity in South Tarawa and eventually all Kiribati.
Sandwatch Partners with Government of Demark
||The Sandwatch Foundation has entered into a partnership with UNESCO and the Government of Denmark for the implementation of a new project aimed at strengthening and developing use of Sandwatch as a resource for climate change education. Funded by the Government of Denmark, the project will see the development of a new edition of the Sandwatch manual, incorporating material relating to observation of and adaptation to climate change, as well as Sandwatch networking and communication. Also under development is a Sandwatch-Climate Change, web based database that will allow Sandwatch teams to upload their observations and data, thereby allowing them to contribute to a global monitoring network for coastal areas. Finally, the project includes several training events and the development of a Sandwatch instructional DVD, serving to extend the reach of Sandwatch particularly in small island countries.|