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Guardarenas: Work for the Environment

November 19, 2011

Reaffirming the commitment made in 2006 with the Guardarenas Project, a dedicated team from the Sea Grant Program gathered on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Boquerón Beach in Cabo Rojo. Students, teachers, leaders, and parents attended the workshop to be part of the conservation and investigative work carried out on the country’s beaches. Guardarenas was born in 1998 as part of an initiative by several teachers and students in Trinidad and Tobago to strengthen environmental education. With the aim of raising awareness about the importance of preserving, conserving, and promoting sustainable use of beaches, Guardarenas involves students, community leaders, and teachers in the direct monitoring of these public spaces. This exercise transforms the education received by young people and encourages an interdisciplinary approach.

After a brief introduction to Guardarenas, workshop participants grouped together to receive guidance on one of the four topics to analyze: Water Quality, Beach Profiles, Sand, and Characteristics of Waves and Currents. The first part of this exercise included a talk by one of the educators, followed by a practical application in the field.

A clear sky, powerful sun, beach, and a gentle breeze replaced the traditional classroom, providing a different and enjoyable experience. Teachers and students set aside their school materials to use wind meters, abney levels, tape measures, or reach poles. There, they sifted and classified the sand, measured wind speed, coastal current, wave period, and height with quick skill. Participants used the abney level to create the beach profile and also had the opportunity to conduct water quality tests to measure temperature, oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, turbidity, and pH.

To conclude the workshop, the hosts emphasized the importance and commitment of each participant in being part of Guardarenas. Delmis del C. Alicea Segarra and Jorge “Chino” Casillas, members of the Guardarenas Project, highlighted the significance of each group, equipped with monitoring materials, reporting the scientific data collected four times a year. This aids in understanding beach morphology and dynamics, as well as their constant evolution. Additionally, this information can be efficiently used for decision-making related to these spaces and the formulation of public policy. Beyond a commitment to the Guardarenas Project, these participants embraced a commitment to their environment.


November 19, 2011
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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