By Mansour Ndour, Regional Coordinator (West Africa) of the FiTI International Secretariat and Will May Regional Coordinator (Western Indian Ocean) of the FiTI International Secretariat They could hardly be more different. One is a sprawling Islamic desert country in West Africa and the other a scattering of tiny creole islands in the Indian Ocean. […]Read More
By Sibylle Riedmiller, Director at Chumbe Island When I first came to Tanzania in 1980 as the Project Manager of an aid education programme, I quickly developed a passion for the tropical marine environment. Spending my free time sailing, snorkelling and diving in the ocean, I was mesmerised by the vibrant coral reefs and the […]Read More
By Dr Nicolas J Pilcher, Marine Research Foundation, Malaysia. RISE UP Partner It seems not so long ago that I first contemplated sea turtle conservation in Malaysia and realised that the strategy was basically just to count them until they went extinct. The leatherback turtle has done just that already. Not really my idea of […]Read More
By Adrian “Ace” Buchan, ambassador for WSL PURE. The sandstone felt cold and coarse as I traced my five-year-old finger along a groove carved out by the Aboriginals thousands of years earlier. I smiled at my dad as crisp morning light filtered through the forest, dappling its warmth on his broad-shouldered, six-foot frame. The cave […]Read More
By Steve Trent, co-founder and Executive Director, EJF
As economies began to lock down to slow COVID-19’s progress, some crimes fell, but one illicit sector was booming. In the coastal waters of Africa, Asia and Latin America and on the high seas, illegal fishing operators are using this tragedy – and the curtailment of enforcement measures – as their opportunity to profit.Read More
Watch a new video produced by the Oceano Azul Foundation and narrated by Sylvia Earle that highlights the emotional connection between humans and the ocean.Read More
By Vivienne Solís Rivera and Kim Sander Wright, ICCA Consortium.
Indigenous peoples, local communities and small-scale artisanal fisherwomen and fishermen are the rights-holders and custodians of marine life within their coastal and marine territories. All around the world, these people have deep bonds with specific areas or bodies of natural resources and over generations have developed a huge variety of effective forms of governance in the form of customs and rules that ensure nature is conserved and livelihoods are sustained. These “territories of life” are fundamental for the conservation and thriving of life on our planet.Read More
by Dr. Monica Verbeek, Seas At Risk.
When lockdown measures first eased, I went for a walk along the beach near Lisbon, Portugal. The sea is usually comforting, yet this time, looking out at the waves, I was reminded of our collective destruction and exploitation of the environment – and of how this has contributed to the severity of the pandemic.Read More
By Aya Mariyam Rahil Naseem, Maldives Coral Institute.
The ocean makes up 99% of my home, the Maldives. It supports our native biodiversity, ancient culture and daily lives. Our very thinking is from an oceanic perspective. We have names for all the parts of the sea – the different depths, the colours, the ripples, the waves, the shapes and sections of reefs and the patches of corals. They are all embedded in language and used in life.Read More
By Rebecca Hubbard, Our Fish
I grew up with parents who surfed and farmed on Australia’s south east coast. I spent my childhood surrounded by clean, beautiful beaches, eucalypt forests and farmland, not realising how blessed I was by having a spectacular playground full of nature. This unique and inspiring place was my launchpad into environmental science and campaigning to protect our environment.Read More