Mundus maris newsletter: October 2021
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Dear <<First Name>>

The excitement prior to the opening of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the Paris Climate Treaty was not exactly sky high. The ambitions fall short of what is needed to meet the Treaty objective of keeping global warming at 1.5°C. Moreover, past experience suggests that before concrete measures for environment protection enter into force, the destructive extractions by powerful interest groups tend to accelerate and make the conditions worse. Short-term resource grabbing is unfortunately still common, leaving the vast majority of the population to pick up the pieces and work even harder to undo the damage.

Every change journey starts with a vision. A vision gives a sense of direction – from the very personal level right up to groups and public and private organisations, large and small. And we know that overfishing is currently the biggest threat to the ocean, an ocean that suffers heavily from mass destruction across many of its ecosystems. The ocean is thus becoming also much more susceptible to global warming and various forms of pollution. The way we treat it, it can not provide the goods and services and climate stabilising function it has had.

It is time to ask: What can we do for the ocean? On 21 November is World Fisheries Day – how do you envision a healthy ocean that can support climate mitigation and sustainable fisheries? What if we were to rally together for stopping fuel guzzling and destructive bottom trawling and giving low impact artisanal fishers a chance to make a living and produce good quality food from the ocean? Together with a large alliance of civil society organisations and hundreds of scientists from around the world we demand that the WTO finally decides to stop harmful fisheries subsidies. The 12th Ministerial Conference starting on 30 November is the best chance to deliver on this long ignored promise. That is likely to put the worst offenders out of business and reduce overfishing and illegal practices. That would be a big win for the ocean, the climate and all of us. Be part of the vision and join the change journey.

Mundus maris asbl, Belfius Bank, Rue de Linthout 224, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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Contact us any time at We continue welcoming help from all interested ocean lovers, including retired professionals who would like to put their lifelong experience at the service of the sustainability and blue justice causes we work for. Join us today to make a difference!

Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team

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Activities around the world

Interview with Prof. Alexander Proelss on the Law of the Sea

Prof. Alexander Proelss is Chair of International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law, Public International Law and Public Law, at the University of Hamburg, Germany. His research focuses, among others on aspects of general international and European Union law and on the international Law of the Sea. In the video-interview with Mundus maris he commented extensively on major provisions of the Law of the Sea, sustainability, and pros and cons of soft and hard law.

Listen to his insightful comments

Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas in International Waters – the Antarctica challenge

The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CAMLR Convention) had Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for resources (and climate) protection as a standing agenda item since 2002. The Commission of CAMLR has also managed the implementation of the Ross Sea MPA, the largest MPA in the world. Attempts to protect a much larger chunk of the delicate Antarctic ecosystem failed at the last session. So, much work lies ahead.

Read on to discover more

The Small-Scale Fisheries Academy at the centre of the V2V monthly webinar

This month’s webinar talk by Cornelia E Nauen of Mundus maris was all about how to strengthen the capacities of women and men in artisanal fisheries value chains in Senegal to improve their living conditions and be able to engage in collective action. This way, they can partake actively in how the Voluntary Guidelines for Ensuring Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries get implemented on the ground. Like elsewhere, they are visioning a good life and then work together to make it happen.

Discover how

Mundus maris and Ocean Philosophers at Ocean Summit fisheries weeks, Kiel, Germany

You are invited to a workshop and engaging get together to learn about some initiatives to combine artisanal fisheries, marine protection, arts and nature in the Mediterranean and what this could mean for the Baltic. Discuss with us what comes to your mind when you think about sustainability in fisheries. To get there – what can you do? What can we do together? Let’s discuss drink in hand. Join us ion 17 November, 18h30 in the Pumpe, Kiel, Hass Str. 22

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