Unesco Green Citizens

Ocean Guardians

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Project begin: 06/12/2012

In 2009, marine scientists Andrea Marshall and Simon Pierce decided to do their bit to protect threatened marine life. The result? The Marine Megafauna Foundation, whose educational arm in Mozambique focuses on raising awareness and educating a new generation of Ocean Guardians.

Leading organisation: Marine Megafauna Foundation
The country where the team is based: Mozambique
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Ocean
Sub-themes: Cultural diversity, Knowledge sharing
Tag: #Africa #Youth
Selection: 2020/2021
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Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 185 out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index. 52% of the population are under 18 and the education system struggles to create good learning opportunities, especially on cross-cutting topics such as conservation. The country also has one of the world’s longest and most biodiverse coastlines. Yet illegal, unsustainable fishing practices are very common and pose a threat not only to wildlife but also to the livelihoods of hundreds of communities.

Creating the marine protectors of tomorrow

This is one of the reasons why manta ray specialist Andrea Marshall and whale shark conversation expert Simon Pierce decided to set up the Marine Megafauna Foundation. In Mozambique, its educational arm has a clear goal: raise a generation of guardians who understand and cherish the ocean through community engagement. The pilot education project reached over 2300 young Mozambicans and 7 schools have adopted an integrated marine conservation curriculum since 2012.

In January 2018, the Coral Reef Club for 16–21-year-olds was launched to provide vocational internships with local businesses and skills training for employment.

More information about Ocean Guardians in Mozambique?

https://marinemegafaunafoundation.org/our-work/

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