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Sustainable Coastlines Litter Project Training Workshop

  • pin Oakura Boardriders Tasman Parade Oakura, Taranaki, 4314 New Zealand (map)

We are looking for up to 10 keen locals to come along to this workshop, in order for us to set up a litter monitoring location at Oakura Beach. The idea is that we will conduct a survey at least 4 times per year, for the next three years and load the data into the new national system being developed.

If you are keen, please rsvp via the sign up button!

More info about the project:
The Litter project is a three-year programme led by Sustainable Coastlines that aims to create a grass roots solution to beach litter in New Zealand. Working in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, Sustainable Coastlines have developed a national beach litter monitoring programme, based on the United Nations Environment Programme marine debris survey methodology, that will enable an accurate picture of the beach litter problem in New Zealand to be developed. By working to a United Nations Environment Program methodology, the data will be collected at the highest standard of scientific rigour, allowing it to be used for national, regional and international reporting, including progress against UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To collect the beach litter data long-term, Sustainable Coastlines will be working with community groups & organisations to conduct beach litter surveys at a minimum of 108 beach sites across Aotearoa at least four times per year for the next three years. They will provide the training and tools required for these groups to take part in this project as Citizen Scientists, conducting regular litter surveys at their chosen local beach sites and loading the litter data into a new, easy to use nationwide beach litter Citizen Science Platform/App we’ve developed specifically for the project. This platform will also include a solutions data base and some awesome litter data visualisation tools in the near future. All the litter data collected will be freely available to the groups involved as well as to the wider public and decision makers.

The upcoming workshop will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the project, the data collection methodology, Health & Safety planning and the reporting requirements that will allow you to play an important part in this long-term effort to keep our coastlines and beaches beautiful.