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Educational workshops: LABOCEA reveals its catchment model

As part of Preventing Plastic Pollution LABOCEA has set-up learning workshops for school children (primary, secondary and six form), and the general public in order to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution at a catchment scale. The workshops aim to explain the concept of catchments, how water flows through the catchment area, as well as the different sources of pollution and how they are transported from land sources to the marine environment.

In order to make these sessions more playful and visual, LABOCEA uses a catchment model made specifically for the PPP project.

Represented on the model, are:

– a river with its tributaries, a pond, an estuary and the sea with a bathing area, an oyster farming area (represented by oyster tables) and a port;

– the main activities usually found in a catchment area, such as agriculture, dense and scattered urban areas, and associated infrastructures…

All of this has been ingeniously built using mostly natural materials (wood structure, cardboard, bio-based epoxy resin…).

For exhibiting during workshops, the model is placed on a system of independent folding trestles and adjustable in height what allows us to adapt better to different age groups.

Above : demonstrating the water cycle and the transport of plastics/microplastics within the catchment.

Above: the catchment model in the foreground, the LABOCEA microplastics sampling equipment and  alternatives to single-use plastic in the background (Educational kit Symeed29 – ADEME – Un peu d’R).