Siân Sutherland, the Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month. With a focus on climate, conflict and food supply, the conference drew leaders from the worlds of business, politics and nonprofits to discuss and debate how to make change. Siân was able to educate on the realities of humanity’s addiction to plastic and to offer up solutions. It was also the moment to introduce a key partner for A Plastic Planet and the PlasticFree movement, Natural Fiber Welding, who are leading the way in radically regenerative material innovations. Read more here.
Community & Conservation rangers, the title given by Oceans Without Borders to their 3-island teams of marine rangers, directly references their many responsibilities. These men and women, all drawn from local island and coastal communities in Zanzibar (Mnemba Island) and Mozambique (Benguerra and Vamizi Islands), play key roles as both conservation ambassadors and educators within their communities, and provide essential support for OWB’s diverse set of land-and-sea conservation and research projects. Image includes OWB Mnemba Island Project Manager, Nancy Iraba, a promising young marine scientist, with the three-man C & C team. Read more here.
In collaboration with Fastweb, Worldrise Onlus have launched an education, awareness and scientific research project named SEATY. The goal is to protect stretches of coast through the establishment of local marine conservation areas. The pilot project is part of Worldrise’s 30×30 Campaign, which aims to protect at least 30% of the Italian seas by 2030, is taking place in Golfo Aranci (SS), Sardinia. There will be activities taking place inland as well as in the water, with a nature-positive approach capable of having a positive impact on the environment, allowing the resilience and regeneration of marine ecosystems.
After two and a half years of online meetings, this Trash Hero Family Meetings took place in person! The Family Meetings are their regular volunteer training and team-building events which celebrate achievements and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and skills that will benefit both their community and the wider Trash Hero mission. In May, meetings were held in Czech Republic, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Across the 4 locations we had 183 participants from 80 chapters. Read more here.
Save The Med’s Changemaker Project invites students aged 8-18 to develop and implement their own ideas for the prevention of single use plastic. June 21st, the NGO organised a “Changemakers event” where more than 100 Changemaker students, teachers and parents met for an inspirational evening with project presentations, talks, workshops, music and the announcement of the six teams that presented the most impactful projects and were invited to join Save The Med onboard marine science expeditions this summer! Click here to read more.
Yachts For Science are looking for a yacht for Manta Biologist, Luke Gordon. Project Summary, to investigate the movement ecology, population demographics and site fidelity of Fiji’s Manta Ray population through exploration and citizen science within the Lau Group.
Location: Lau Group, Fiji
Berths: Minimum of two
Duration: July, August, ONGOING, 1-2 weeks
Necessary equipment: Drone, Underwater Camera, Snorkel Equipment, would be a huge benefit to have SCUBA
If you can help please get in touch.
During 2021, UKSA funded 3,275 young people on water-based adventures, a record for the charity. This includes 1,400 Year 6 students from the Isle of Wight who took part in its Test the Water programme. These are just two of the key findings from UKSA’s new ‘Did you know?’ campaign, which launched this month. In the next 12 months, UKSA will welcome over 11,000 beneficiaries and will continue to provide funding support to the most deserving young people to ensure costs do not form a barrier to experiencing outdoor water-based activities.
The Oceans Without Borders team are thrilled to invite you to become Community and Conservation ranger
The Oceans Without Borders team are thrilled to invite you to become Community and Conservation ranger for 12 days from 1st – 12th December 2022. The community and conservation ranger team are the backbone of the OWB programme and enable all of the critical marine conservation and education work on the ground, as well as supporting the core tasks of marketing and fundraising, which are essential elements of any marine conservation initiative. Shadowing the teams will give a complete insight into the work and impact of the OWB programme, and they hope to learn from the volunteers too, who no doubt have skills and expertise that can support awareness raising of their programmes! The two week volunteer package spans both Mnemba Island, Zanzibar and Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique (5 nights on each) staying in andBeyond accommodation. The opportunity is available for 4 people on a twin room basis (2 people sharing / 2 rooms available) and must be snapped up now! Rooms are being held for this opportunity for 2 weeks only – and availability is first come first serve. For more information please get in touch.
Are you keen to join Worldrise Onlus on a 6 day Action and Biology Campus? They are looking for volunteers (students or recent graduates) to join them in Golfo Aranci (Sardinia). The course consists of theoretical lessons and practical exercises, with a focus on marine biology and conservation. Here you will help with dolphin monitoring and marine-coastal monitoring of the seabed’s flora and fauna. There will also be snorkelling and other coastal activities. There are courses taking place on 20th-25th June, 26th June-2nd July, 26th September-1st October, and 3rd-8th October. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more information (there are also other opportunities taking place this summer incase these dates aren’t suitable).
Great news for Zanzibar. Thanks to everyone that voted, Oceans Without Borders’ Mnemba Island reef restoration project received the highest number of votes and was awarded EUR 30 000 of EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association) funding. This programme aims to expand the initial coral reef nursery, work with coastal communities to protect and restore the Mnemba Island reef, and construct an additional community-owned artificial reef site. The project will have far-reaching benefits across research, conservation education, and the Blue Economy of Zanzibar. Learn more here.