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World Oceans Day event hosted by WILDOCEANS at the Ushaka Marine World – Aquarium on 8 June

A celebratory World Oceans Day event, hosted by WILDOCEANS and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), was held at uShaka Marine Worlds’ Aquarium on the evening of the 8th of June.

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(L to R) Judy Mann Lang (SAAMBR), Liz McDaid (Green Connection), Dr Andrew Venter (WILDTRUST), Dr Jean Harris (WILDOCEANS), Alex Benkenstein (SAIIA), Sizo Sibanda (UCT), John Duncan (WWF SA) and Judy Beaumont (DEA) – are all playing a strategic role in the future of our oceans.

 

(L to R) Desmond DSa of SDCEA (South Durban Community Environmental Alliance) in discussion with top environmental journalists Tony Carnie and Green Connections’ Liz McDaid, also a Goldman Environmental Awardee.

 

 

Judy Beaumont, the Deputy Director General at the Department of Environmental Affairs, delivered a powerful key note address at the WILDOCEANS World Oceans Day Event at Ushaka Marine Worlds’ aquarium on 8 June

Sizo Sibanda is an avid science communicator, currently pursuing her master’s degree through UCT and SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute). She blew everyone away with her presentation looking at optimising Marine Protected Area design to increase socioecological benefits.

 

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The Green Connection believes that sustainable development can only be truly sustainable if all affected are involved in decisions that affect them. GC is alarmed at how little of our ocean is protected for future generations and how much appears to have been allocated for extractive industries like oil and gas.  GC is part of this campaign to ensure that our oceans are protected to provide livelihoods for future generations and we support at least 30% MPA goal – and all of South Africa’s affected stakeholders must be involved in such decisions.

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The Green Connection was asked to assist with training the trainers in the IOISA initiative to assist the Department of Fisheries in supporting the new small scale policy roll out. During 2017, various workshops were carried out around the coast.

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The first “Train the Trainer” event took place in Cape Town for Western Cape and Northern Cape facilitators.

                                            Train the Trainer event. (Liz in the back row – left hand side.) 

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