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Sandwatch website
Type: Web site
Geographical coverage: International
Implementing Entity: United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) and support from the University of Puerto Rico
Language: English
Sandwatch seeks to modify the lifestyle and habits of children, youth and adults on a community-wide basis and to develop awareness of the fragile nature of the marine and coastal environment and the need to use it wisely. It is an educational process through which school students and community members learn and work together to critically evaluate the problems and conflicts facing their beach environments and to develop sustainable approaches to address these issues. With a strong field monitoring component, Sandwatch tries to make science 'live' yet remains inter-disciplinary with applications ranging from biology to woodwork and from poetry to mathematics.
Sandwatch is a volunteer network of schools: students, teachers and principals; youth groups; non-governmental and community-based organizations; working together to monitor and enhance their beach environments. It started in the Caribbean in 1999, and has become an inter-regional activity involving islands as far apart as Cook Islands in the Pacific, Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, and the Bahamas in the Caribbean; as well as countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Sandwatch is supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the education and science sectors, and has received support from the University of Puerto Rico through the Sea Grant College Program, and many national organizations, both governmental and non-governmental. The network is coordinated by The Sandwatch Foundation, a non-profit organization.