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Sandwatch project in Cuba

Several schools have been involved in the Sandwatch project monitoring activities: Instituto Preuniversitano Vocacional de Ciencias Exactas 'Ernesto Gueuara' Santa Clara, Instituto Preuniversitano Vocacional de Ciencias Exactas 'Frederico Engles' Pinar del Rio, Escuela Primeria 'Guerillero Heroica' Ciudad Habana, Escuela de Arte, Escuela Secundario Basica.

During the Second Regional Sandwatch Project Workshop in Dominica, July 2003, Ms. Lisett Pérez Quintero, a student from Instituto Preuniversitano Vocacional de Ciencias Exactas 'Ernesto Gueuara' Santa Clara, described how she represented 933 students. Her school at Santa Clara chose two beaches for monitoring - a virgin beach and a more heavily used beach with pollution problems. They monitored the beach characteristics and changes as well as the use of the beach. Visits were made to environmental agencies and the Santa Clara community were involved in a regular series of cleaning and replanting exercises. Younger students took part in raising the level of awareness about the beach problems. A radio programme, newspaper articles and a newsletter 'Nature and I' were prepared. Now the community are helping with the work on a regular basis and it had been agreed by all concerned that the level of pollution had been decreased.

They are now trying to extend the programme to other beaches with pollution problems and to extend the project to other Cuban provinces. The Sandwatch monitoring activities are being incorporated into different subjects: biology, mathematics, geography.

A report on their work includes a different look at beaches: Letter from a grain of sand (Carta de un granito de arena).


To get involved, contact :


Daniel Bulgado Benavides
Instituto Preuniversitano Vocacional de Ciencias Exactas
'Ernesto Gueuara'
Carretera a Camajuani Km 31/2
Santa Clara
Villa Clara
T +537 422 19434
E cheguevara@vcl.jovenclub.cu


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