Through short videos I want to demystify some of the issues facing our ocean. Making a difference for our ocean is not hard but sometimes the way it is presented can seem complicated. Also many issues facing our ocean and us are simply not adequately covered by the media. Here's a short video about the importance of salt marshes and blue carbon.
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- Farah Obaidullah
For years, campaigners around the world have pushed for some form of protection for the High Seas. The High Seas or international waters, are those areas of the ocean outside the national jurisdiction of any one country. The ocean covers 71% of the planet and the High Seas represent some two thirds of the ocean!
The High Seas are essentially a lawless part of the planet where human activities go pretty much unchecked. Whilst there are some treaties and agreements that regulate certain activities in certain areas there is still no comprehensive policy that protects life on the High Seas.
Governments at the United Nations have finally agreed to move forward on developing such a policy. Whilst we're still years away from implementation and enforcement of such a policy, this is a major milestone for the protection of life in the ocean!
Onward for the Ocean - Farah
More details and information about the High Seas can be found on the High Seas Alliance website.
On May 30th Mareike Dornhege and Bonnie Waycott successfully organised the first Women4Oceans event in Asia! Here's what they had to say.
"The second Women4Oceans Event, hosted in Tokyo, Japan by Bonnie Waycott and me was a huge success! With 45 participants in total, we had a great turn-out. The presentations were well-received and participants especially enjoyed the opportunity to network and give a lightning talk. There was great vegan food and nice wine to help the conversation flow. Divers, researchers, members of various international and local NGOs mingled with embassy members, a TV personality and students – all united by love for our oceans!
One big take away from the presentations last night was: There are two ways we can work with and for the ocean: Tackle the challenges we face or create something beautiful to find a positive way to interact with the seas. While one seems to focus on the negative, and the other on the positive, we need to engage both for a brighter future for the seas.
Thank you to everyone who came, spoke or helped!
We are looking forward to the next W4O event!"
- Mareike Dornhege.
"Mareike Dornhege and I successfully organised the second Women4Oceans networking event in Tokyo (first in Asia!) on Tuesday 30th May and it was great to be involved -- some excellent, inspiring talks by the speakers and a crowd of 44 people all networking and talking about the oceans they love. We're looking forward to more Women 4 Oceans' events, and a big thank you to all the participants!
- Bonnie Waycott.
Once again a big thank you to Bonnie and Mareike for a successful evening. Also much gratitude to Yukari Goto & Sachiko Okada and all who participated!
Stay tuned for the video of the evening.
If you want to help organise a Women4Oceans event where you are, please be in touch!
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For the Ocean,
Guest Blog Post
My name is Lahaina Tatafu. I am 22 years of age and I’m located in the true south Pacific islands of Tonga. My family run an ocean tourism and diving business, where I work with humpback whales during Tonga’s whale season as a guide for whale swimming.
The whale season starts when humpback whales arrive in Tonga to mate, give birth and socialize, and ends when the whales leave Tonga to travel back to their feeding grounds in Antarctica. The whale season begins around July and can go up until November, depending on the whales.
Growing up I had a fear of the ocean, but quickly grew out of it as I watched my father on the tours. Our operation is based on culture and tradition of the Tongan ways, as well as preserving our whales. I recently spoke about the importance of whales to Tongan culture and tourism at the “Whales in a Changing Ocean” conference in Tonga.
Tonga is so fortunate to be a whale preservation zone due to the smart act of our late King Tupou IV, who became the key to the long living of the whales in our oceans. I plan to advocate in schools around Tonga and the Pacific as to how important it is for us to preserve such magnificent creations.
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Speak Up for Blue, a Canadian based podcast on how to live for a better ocean invited me to join on their podcast and discuss my new initiative Women4Oceans.
Hope you enjoy it!
ps if you did enjoy it, please consider a donation to Women4Oceans. Unfortunately the world is such that in order to keep going we need money. Also, if you have ideas for fundraising then please be in touch! Thank You.
If you are in Japan or passing through Tokyo, save the date of 30 May! An inspiring list of women speakers will tell you about their work and experiences of working in marine related jobs. The evening promises to be a great way to meet new and like-minded ladies in your area.
Do spread the word through your channels and invite ocean-minded women you know to come along!
If you can't go or if you are not based in Japan then get in touch to see where the next event might be or even better join us and help organise an event where you are!
More information and tickets for the Tokyo event can be found here.
We really need your help to lift the voice of women concerned about our ocean everywhere. Please support Women4Oceans so we can host more of such events and follow through on our ambitious project plans! Regular donations can be made through a standing order via our bank account (IBAN): NL84TRIO0338507574 under the name 'Stichting Women4Oceans' or you can click on the donate button at the top of this page. Go on, don't be shy, we will love you for it!
For the Ocean,
A big thanks to all the ladies that joined us for our first ever networking event! You can read all about the evening in Corallie's blog.
Please consider supporting Women4Oceans so we can host more of such events and follow through on our ambitious project plans! Regular donations can be made through a standing order via our bank account (IBAN): NL84TRIO0338507574 under the name 'Stichting Women4Oceans' or by clicking on the donate button at the top of this page. Thank you!