Waiheke Stormwater Litter Intelligence Citizen Science Training Workshop | Sustainable Coastlines

Event details

Jun 2023

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sun-smart gear
  • Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day outdoors
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go
  • Camera!

We will provide: 

  • All relevant gear: gloves, sacks
  • Health and Safety documentation & briefing
  • First aid trained staff and first aid kits
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Rubbish removal to transfer station.

Are you interested in taking action against ocean pollution? Do you want to contribute to New Zealand’s progress toward Sustainable Development Goals Reporting?

Join us Saturday 3rd June at the Waiheke Resources Trust Centre for a stormwater training workshop for Litter Intelligence: a citizen science platform to enable community groups to contribute to a growing national litter database by monitoring their local environment & auditing the rubbish. Thanks to Healthy Waters, Auckland Council for funding this mahi and contributing to a world without litter!

All welcome to this free whānau-friendly event, come along to learn how to set up & run a stormwater litter survey, sort & record rubbish in an audit, and add your data to the national database & solutions platform.

Any questions, email [email protected]

Please register your attendance on the form below.


About the Litter Intelligence Programme

Working in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, we have developed a stormwater litter monitoring programme that will enable us to build an accurate picture of the stormwater litter problem in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland and help to prioritise solutions.

By working with a United Nations Environment Program survey methodology, the data is collected at the highest standard of scientific rigour, allowing it to be used for national, regional and international reporting, including progress against UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To collect the litter data long-term, we work with community groups & organisations to conduct litter surveys across Aotearoa at least four times per year. We provide the training and tools required to participate in this project as Citizen Scientists, conducting regular litter surveys at their chosen local sites and loading the litter data into a new, easy-to-use nationwide litter Citizen Science Platform/App we’ve developed specifically for the project. The Litter Intelligence litter database also includes a solutions database and some excellent litter data visualisation tools that are in development at present. All the litter data collected is freely available to the groups involved as well as to the wider public and decision-makers.


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