Strategic Direction – Vision Northland 2011 - 2013
• To continue to grow the programme in Northland
• Work with schools on an ongoing basis whereby they show an ongoing commitment to ACTION projects and EMR becomes a culture in the school
• EMR is to contribute no more than the estimated cost per school, to any school.
• Continue to priortise low decile & coastal schools for the EMR programme
• Target new & existing schools and or communities when they close to a marine reserve or a community group active in marine conservation
• Activily work with 80% of Northland schools over next 3 years, provide information to all schools and community groups interested in marine conservation
• EMR will continue to develop quality marine education resources and also offer the many other community services we have developed to date in Northland, such as community guided snorkel days, community events for Seaweek and Conservation Week, the Drains To Harbour programme, interactive CD ROM and DVD, EMR website www.emr.org.nz and Marine Conservation Supporter Groups.
EMR Programme goals and objectives
The aim of EMR is to raise awareness, understanding and support for marine conservation through provision of dynamic experiential environmental education opportunities.
• Build support for New Zealand’s existing Marine Reserves
• Information transfer into the wider community
• Increase support for new or proposed marine protected areas
• Motivate action projects that enhance the marine awareness or the marine environment
• Marine Education
Provide quality marine education opportunities to schools, communities and professionals;
• Marine Conservation
Increase awareness, encourage action and support for marine conservation in New Zealand;
• Empower Communities
Provide schools and communities with the expertise and knowledge to experience their local marine environment first-hand, leading to understanding of local marine conservation issues and fostering kaitiakitanga;
• Encourage Action
Facilitate projects that result in awareness and/or action to address marine issues.
EMR coordinators offer guidance, direction and coordination of classroom exercises and field trips to the ocean. We also provide snorkel equipment, instruction, resources and snorkel risk management. For many students, it is their first time using snorkel gear. EMR snorkelling experiences require a 1:2 adult/student ratio for year 8 and below, the result being active involvement of many family and community members. Most aspects of Northland delivery to schools are offered for free thanks to sponsorship and support from a wide range of organisations