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CARIBBEAN - St Vincent and the Grenadines Activities

Giving Back For Christmas

On December 22, 2003, against the backdrop of frenzied last-minute Christmas shopping and anxiety over 'getting', students and teachers of the Bequia Community High School and the Bequia Seventh Day Adventist Secondary journeyed to the Southern Grenadines, 'giving' hope to the environment.

We believe the world's environment is under serious degrading pressures and without the knowledge necessary for the protection and preservation of what God has given us, the mandate to 'dress and keep' (Genesis.2: 15) small sandy atolls like Petit Tobac in the Tobago Cays will disappear, and all the talk and protocol of the 'Barbados Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States' will vanish with them.

Our students have stubbornly refused to be sucked into all the controversy of the do's and don'ts surrounding the Tobago Cays, and immersed themselves into collecting data about beach stability, rising sea levels, debris, and long shore currents, which are negatively impacting our National Park, and our country.

As part of the UNESCO Sandwatch Educational Expansion programme, they incorporated the Myreau Environmental Development Organization (MEDO) into the programme and have presented to them a full set of equipment, which will be used to monitor beach stability on Myreau and the Southern Grenadines.

Hands-on experience on the beaches, and a mini training session were held at the MEDO Research Center on Myreau. This center is fast becoming a classic learning institution, and a place where students of this country can find valuable material for research and interest. President of MEDO, Mrs. Annie Adams was very excited to get her group involved in this project, and looks forward to her group's adventure with the new equipment and follow-up activities with our students.

H. L. Belmar
UNESCO National Sandwatch Coordinator

Vincentian 31.12.03


Young people on board the traditional wooden schooner Friendship Rose, arriving in the Tobago Cays for a Sandwatch activity, December 22, 2003

Training session on Sandwatch techniques with the Myreau Environmental Development Organisation.


To get involved, contact :

National Co-ordinators
Mr. Herman Belmar
Bequia Community High School
P. O. Box 75,
Port Elizabeth,
Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
T: + 1 784 458 3385
Mrs. Joanna Stowe
Bequia Community High School
P.O. Box 47 BQ, Friendship,
Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
T: + 1 784 458 3385

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