Education & Outreach
An important part of marine conservation is increasing education and awareness amongst various groups that may or may not be linked to the marine conservation space. To this end, ReefWatch Goa has organised education and outreach workshops with various members of the community.
In 2021, as a part of our engagement with the Jnana Foundation, the ReefWatch team presented its work at the Rotary Club of Panjim, Goa. Thus Critique presented us the opportunity to talk about our experience and findings on an online panel along with Terra Conscious, Drishti Marine Services, our star volunteer Rohit Chandavarkar, and the Goa Forest Department. ReefWatch Goa was also invited by Darryl D’Souza, Convener of The New Earth Summit – India’s 1st Integrative Summit on Solutions to our Problems in Health, Food, Farming & Environment, to the summit. The team spoke about the relationship between the effects of pollution and stranded marine megafauna in November, along with panelists Divya Sharma (Drishti Marine) and Dr. Kalpana Chaudhary.
In October 2022, we were invited by the Goa Forest Department to present our work at the Wildlife Week celebrations, which was attended by honoured guests such as the State Forest Minister and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, as well as students from various schools.
Beginning in 2023, we have organised more workshops with children at various schools and in collaboration with other organisations already working in the space of Childrens’ Education. Our first programmes in January and February were with students from 2 high schools situated in Benaulim. Since then, we have held progammes with Live Happy in Assagao, homeschooled children as part of the ‘School is Cool’ program at Prana cafe in Anjuna and with students at Paradise school in Parra.