ISE/USJ promotes the local wetlands through a series of field trips
A series of field trips to the local wetland ecosystems were organised by the ISE/USJ in the months of October to November this year, with the aim to promote the value of freshwater and brackish/marine ecosystems to the community.
A series of field trips to the local wetland ecosystems were organised by the Institute of Science and Environment of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in the months of October to November this year, with the aim to promote the value of freshwater and brackish/marine ecosystems to the community. These trips are part of a science promotion/community outreach program which has been regularly organised by the institute since 2013. Participants are brought to the local freshwater and brackish/marine wetlands to observe the aquatic plants and animals as well as experience hands-on measurements of the physico-chemical to assess water quality conditions in the area/sites.
The trips are complemented by educational talks and lectures for local school students about the local wetlands – what they are, where they are located in Macao, why they are important (for water filtration, fisheries, biodiversity, coastal protection, etc.), and why is there a need for their conservation and protection.
Thousands of students, teachers, and other members of the local community have joined these activities since 2013, with around 600 participants this year. Participants expressed enthusiasm and interest through their positive feedback after the activities. Pre and post-activity evaluation also revealed that the activities are effective in increasing the knowledge of participants about environmental issues, which hopefully, will translate into concrete action.
ISE/USJ is committed to continuing this effort to promote the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems.