After months of hard work from the Youth Reference Group, organisers and sponsors, the CSBP Coastal Connections Challenge two-day event on Friday 26 March and Saturday 27 March, 2021, was a great success.
More than 50 students in six groups joined us for a program of information and activities encompassing science, technology, traditional ecological knowledge, conservation values and social engagement.
We would like to thank the participants and supporters from Baldivis Secondary College, Rockingham Montessori School, Tranby College, The Kings College, Organically Home Grown Homeschooling, and Kwinana Zone Youth Space for taking the plunge into this ocean experience.
The energy and enthusiasm displayed by our challengers was amazing and the feedback collected indicated 100% support for this new initiative from the mentors, presenters and supporters, a great achievement for a new program.
Importantly, all participants said they had a better understanding of the issues facing coastal conservation and some of the tools and activities that can be used to rise to these challenges.
The Challengers identified these issues as the top five threats to the coast:
- Land clearing/coastal development
What Happens Now?
The March event was just the beginning of the journey. Program coordinator Wayne Walters will now work with the six groups to help develop their Conservation Action Plans (CAPs), youth-led initiatives to tackle an issue each group feels strongly about.
Perth NRM and CSBP will provide advice, support and a modest budget to each team to help them put these plans into action, culminating with a showcase event in June where they can share their Challenge (and challenges) and celebrate their successes.
We can’t wait to share their stories.
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