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Sandwatch is an inter-regional project, focusing on small islands. It seeks to involve school students, with the help of local communities, in the enhancement and wise management of their beach environments. 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.

The long-term goal is to have Sandwatch activities integrated across the school curriculum so that it can form a flagship project in this decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Specific objectives are to:

  • involve school students (primary and secondary school students) in the scientific observation and measurement of beaches utilising an inter-disciplinary approach
  • assist school students, with the help of local communities, to apply the scientific data collected to the management and enhancement of their island beaches
  • reduce the level of pollution in adjoining seas and oceans

The idea for the Sandwatch project came about during a teachers workshop in Tobago in 1998, and the following year, the project was officially endorsed by UNESCO's Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet) and Coasts and Small Islands Unit. The project formally got under way in May 2001 with the First Regional Workshop in St. Lucia. In 2003 the project became inter-regional, including islands in the Indian Ocean and Pacific regions.

Countries involved in Sandwatch are:
Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, San Andres Archipelago, Trinidad and Tobago
Indian Ocean: Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles
Pacific Ocean: Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau

Click here to see the Sandwatch poster

To get involved, contact :


Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform
UNESCO, Paris, France
fax: +33 1 45 68 58 08

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