“Coastal Watch” Marine Plastic Pollution Education and Awareness for Sustainable Development.
“Coastal Watch” Marine Plastic Pollution Education and Awareness for Sustainable Development.
Coastal Watch is a marine plastic pollution education program to establish ocean clubs in basic schools along the coastal zones of Ghana to educate and inspire students between the ages of 8 to 14 to care for the ocean. Through holding weekly workshops in schools and a Bootcamp for all schools using Education for sustainable development and transformative learning and our educational toolkit. The project will involve community awareness campaigns, beach clean ups and the introduction of an incentive plastic swap shop in these communities.
Rationale and Context
Children and youth clubs are powerful, yet often underutilized ways to reach young people. Research has shown that clubs complement formal schooling and that they play an important role in knowledge acquisition and skill building. Skills learned in clubs, such as working as a team, recycling, saying no to single used plastics, responsible waste disposal will help them develop essential life skills for a sustainable lifestyle. Broad public awareness can help to change the way that plastic is viewed, used, and managed as waste. Education and engagement, including consumer awareness campaigns, school initiatives, and clean-up activities, among others play an important role in strategic action plans against Plastic pollution.
Project Objective
• To enhance awareness and knowledge on ocean conservation and pollution through education for sustainable development and transformative learning to produce knowledgeable and sustainability-minded citizens to fight marine plastic pollutions.
• To improve the livelihood of people especially women and people living with disability through capacity building, plastic collection schemes, selling of recycled objects and improve tourism.
Other objectives of the Project are
• To engage students to gain practical knowledge about plastic pollution and use innovative ways to design sustainable solutions for them by introduce students to marine plastic pollution and a wide range of waste and pollution-related challenges in Ghana with a focus on their communities.
• Increase public understanding and shape community perceptions on the dangers of plastic pollution thereby empowering communities to take action to create positive environmental impact based on the actions of students and the youth.
• Promote climate change adaptation, sustainable management of ocean resources and better protection of marine?ecosystems.
• Bring the Sustainable Development Goals to classrooms and youth clubs
Key Expected Results
Improved Plastic Knowledge and Education
Behavioural Change
Improved Community Waste Management Practices
Skills Development
Improved livelihood
Job creation
Development of Youth
Clean beaches from clean-up
Support for policies
Target Site and Communities Involved
The project is to be implemented in the Korle-Klottey Municipal which is part of the twenty-nine districts in Greater Accra Region, Ghana closest to the Coastal zone.

Project Snapshot

Project Hope Ghana
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 31,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,000.00
Project Number:
GHA /SGP/OP6/Y7/CORE/PLA/2022/06
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Create jobs for women in our Recycling Swap Shops, waste collectors. Capacity building and skills development for 300 women and people living disabilities on plastic upcycling activities and materials.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Knowledge about successful approaches and lessons learned will be documented during and after the project which can be applied from one location to another. Using project trained organizations and individuals elsewhere within the country or in the region in a form of technical exchange of project staff. Knowledge sharing and management activities like webinars, workshops, virtual conferences and project photos, interactive educational games, case studies, information on events, field studies, project evaluations, and reports will be conducted on a regular basis. To enhance the shareability of the knowledge websites, social media, project pages will be utilized. The project will also plot good community practices which can widen to all stakeholders, locations, and target groups.
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Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 1
Number of CBOs / NGOs formed or registered through the SGP project 2
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 50
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 200
Number and type of support linkages established with national government institutions 1
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 200
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 2000
WHO-TEQ (Toxic Equivalency)/year reduction into the environment or elimination of U-POPs namely Dioxins, Furans and PCBs (Poly-chlorinated biphenyls) through the SGP project 100
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 2
Number of local policies informed in POPs focal area 4

SGP Country office contact

Dr. George Buabin Ortsin
Ms. Lois Sarpong
+233 505740909


UNDP, Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme P.O. Box 1423
Accra, Greater Accra, 233-302
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