More than 20 Year 8 students from Samoa Primary School participated in a Science Camp held at Taumeasina Island Resort on the 31st of October. The science camp was organised by Samoa Primary School management and teachers in partnership with Artificial Reefs Samoa to stimulate interests in different fields of science. Through this academic initiative, SPREP’s Climate Change and Resilience (CCR) team were invited to share its work on climate and ocean sciences focussing on Ocean Acidification (OA) and the work currently being implemented under the Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (PPOA).
This outreach for primary level students is an innovative initiative to keep students informed and aware of the issues surrounding ocean acidification, its implications on marine ecosystems (specifically mangroves & corals) and the role we as a community play in building a more resilient environment against ocean acidification.
Miss Adrienne Eteuati, one of the students at the camp wrote and said “we are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn about the importance of coral and mangroves. When I heard that mangroves could filter carbon dioxide to produce carbonate for the coral skeletons, I was keen to set a goal to protect the mangroves”
Other students echoed the same sentiments and wrote letters of acknowledgement and shared what they learned.
The Science camp is connected to current activities implemented by Artificial Reefs Samoa who have been working closely with Samoa Primary School and other schools in establishing coral nurseries and replanting corals at Taumesina as part of its contribution to enhance community coastal resilience to climate change.
The Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification project is a collaborative effort between SPREP, the Pacific Community, and the University of the South Pacific to build resilience to ocean acidification in Pacific island communities. It is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the government of the Principality of Monaco.