Mundus maris newsletter: December 2019
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Dear <<First Name>>

December is a month of stock taking. What have we achieved this year? Did we meet our objectives? What do we want to change in 2020 for the better?

We are proud to have achieved a higher level of activity and reach than in any previous year. We implemented a larger number of activities ourselves and with partners, we increased outreach with emphasis on ocean literacy of young people, contributed to academic exchange and engaged in testing capacity building with women and men in the small-scale fisheries through supporting their academy. Where results could be attributed more directly to our activities, such as with the SSF academy, they encourage us to continue and step up the efforts. Find out more on our website in five languages:


Are we satisfied? Yes and no. As more people are affected directly by overfishing, the effects of climate change and pollution, our sense of urgency is heightened. Collectively, we need to make more and faster progress towards waste reduction, living better with one another and within the boundaries of the blue planet. What does this tell us about next steps?

Together, we can do more than reducing the use of plastic bags and cups! The changes needed in the way we produce and consume food from the ocean, sustain its climate stabilising function, save energy and materials where they are wasted - but also provide more and better where they are lacking - touch deeply onto questions of justice and cooperation. More cooperation is a voucher to greater impact and success. We will therefore step up our own efforts in teaming up with others.

How to translate a general direction into the work plan for the next year or two? We will be in listening mode and hear your advice and suggestions. We'll shortly invite you to a survey to answer a few questions as to where you see us going and – why not – to join the travel or support it in other ways.

You are still welcome to make unconventional gifts for X-mas and end of the year festivities – We repeat our offer for a being a game changer by enabling small-scale fishers – women and men – to step up the uplifting experience through more training thanks to a higher activity level of the small-scale fisheries academy. Become a regular academy sponsor: for 20 EUR / month we can improve the support for a person through distance mentoring, getting several sponsors for 50 EUR / month we can schedule more on-site training. Several sponsors contributing 100 EUR / month or more will allow expansion of the academy to additional places, where demand has been expressed, sich as in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and elsewhere.

We thank those - also in the name of the SSF academy - who have already responded and taken up the offer.

Help make a difference with a weekly or monthly donation to Mundus maris asbl (beneficiary) at Belfius Bank, Rue de Linthout 224, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
IBAN: BE54 0688 9178 6297 | BIC: GKCCBEBB

An anonymous donor will match donations between now and 31 January 2020 up to 2000 EUR.

Contact us any time at In the meantime – enjoy the festive season!

Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team wish you a healthy and happy 2020
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Activities around the world

Mundus maris invited to Sierra Leone

Mundus maris Vice President, Prof. Stella Williams was invited by the Director of Fisheries, Mrs. Kadijatu Jalloh, and Mrs Ranita A S Koroma, Environmental Safeguards Specialist of the Freetown Emergency Recovery Project, Ministry of Finance, to meet with interested personalities in order to present key aspects of the work of the organisation interested in learning e.g. about the SSF academy.  
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COP25 in Madrid disappointing despite huge public engagement

Former Mundus maris treasurer Marianne Braun Richter was among the many volunteers in Madrid rising to the challenge of helping to organise COP25 on short notice after civil unrest in Chile. There was no shortage of enthusiasm among the participants in the many technical side events, the scientists forcefully pointing to the research results which demonstrated the urgency of action... 
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…. and a few highlights of the year 2019

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