Interested in learning about Mangrove ecosystems?
Do you live near the Hinchinbrook Channel? Do you like Mangroves? Then this training is for you! We are seeking dedicated volunteers and coordinators in the communities parallel to the Hinchinbrook Channel to be trained up in data collection methods used to evaluate the health of mangroves.
The CAFNEC MangroveWatch program is a citizen-science partnership between communities and scientists to document changes in local mangrove habitats. Not only does MangroveWatch produce useful data for scientific research but it also involves the community in critical scientific processes, leading to an increase in public awareness and skill sets.
You don’t need to possess a degree in science or have any experience working in the environment sector. We want to make this project accessible to as many as possible by sharing this project that is so easy to do you can learn the process in a matter of hours! This is a chance for you to become a leader in your community to advocate for a healthy estuary!
What skills will I learn?
At this workshop we will be learning about the values mangroves provide to our environment and our society, the threats they face broadly and threats specific to the Hinchinbrook channel, and recommendations to enhance them.
We will also learn how to perform a shoreline video assessment method data capture. S-VAM is a peer-reviewed and recognised whole-of-system estuarine shoreline habitat condition assessment tool enabling spatial and temporal comparison of habitat extent, structure and condition used to identify and prioritise management actions conserving social and ecological habitat values and threats.
The equipment is easy to handle and the methods are easy to perform and replicate!
Cardwell MangroveWatch Workshop
If you're in the Hinchinbrook area sign up for our workshop in Cardwell this December!
Workshop Location and Date:
Anglican Church Community Hall
145 Victoria Street, Cardwell 4849
Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us at the Anglican Church Hall for a presentation of MangroveWatch and a training session on the data collection methods used to contribute to our assessment and reporting on estuary health in the Hinchinbrook Channel. The event will be catered with sandwiches from Seabreeze Cafe so register today as spots are limited!