It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Mundus maris Awards contest for celebrating World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June.
We invite original and creative written and audiovisual artistic pieces about the ocean. Stories and films are welcome from all over the world.
Deadline: Sunday, 30 April 2017.
With our new initiative of Ocean Volunteers, we collaborate for the fourth consecutive year with Mundus maris in celebrating World Oceans Day in Cameroon. We are stirring up public and private organisations, local authorities and schools and are receiving promises for cooperation from quite a few.
This is a story of connecting the big themes to local action. The big themes are Sustainable Development Goal 14 "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development" and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Ensuring Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines).
With large numbers of different, and at times, conflicting, objectives and demands, the ocean is the theatre of many national and international treaties and agreements. It regulates our climate, we depend on it for every second breath we take, it is a source of food and energy. Most of international trade takes place via the ocean. It provides for livelihoods of an estimated three billion people and recreation for perhaps as many.
As part of their scheduled meeting on 27 February 2017, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament convened a Public Hearing of Experts in order to hear from invited specialists about the state and development of the fish stocks managed by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The first expert to speak was Dr. Rainer Froese, Senior Scientist at GEOMAR in Kiel.
We visited two communities, Oke Ira Nla and Otodo Gbame all in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos on 2 February 2017. Both are informal fishing communities with a majority of the men and women involved in fishing activities. The two communities are in the water front of Lagos Lagoon water body.
From 27 to 29 January the green carpet was rolled out in the CinemaxX in Berlin, the German capital, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Green Me Film Festival. This year's motto was Climate, Joy, Air. Berlin's mayor, Michael Müller (right), served as patron and attended the opening.
The Green Me Filmfestival was founded in 2007 by Nicolai Niemann and Donald Houwer. Nic Niemann became the managing director and festival president when Donald Houwer left the organisation in 2012. His wife, Nkiru Niemann, is a graduate of theatre arts and experienced in the international circuit. She is the Director International Affairs & Production