Mundus maris newsletter: July-August 2019
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Dear <<First Name>>

Attention to small-scale fisheries (SSF) and associated gender issues continued as the central themes of work throughout July and August. The central focus was on using the best available diagnoses in the form of research results from several disciplines, of our own field work and insights from women and men working in different segments of the small-scale fisheries value chain for exploring possible solutions. More sustained experimentation about what can work in practice is sorely needed as prescriptions need to prove their worth under different sets of circumstances and in contexts of often difficult trade-offs.

The results of the recently released IPBES Report on the state of global biodiversity only reinforce this crucial need for doing. The report highlights the alarming possibility that the survival of as many as one million of an estimated eight million species could be threatened. The very tissue of life is tearing apart. The threats to species and their ecosystems stem from a range of primarily human-induced factors from overharvesting, habitat destruction and pollution to alien species introductions. Climate change is, of course, looming large over biodiversity as well.

We know that small-scale operators depend more directly on access to and use of natural resources than industrial ones and suffer overproportionately from the declining health of marine and other ecosystems. That adds a sense of urgency. Focusing on solutions is thus crucial.

Several shark species are endangered because their fins are high value in Asia.

Small-scale fisheries need to be enabled through policy change at the macro-level, but also by stregthening human and institutional capacities and empowering their communities. The on-going UN negotiations about the protection of the high seas, efforts to phase out harmful subsidies to industrial fisheries in the WTO and moves by some insurance companies and banks to refrain from engaging further with fossil energy industries are among the examples that, if coming to fruition, could create some space for experimenting with alternatives at different levels and set positive precedents. The recent approval of a new FAO project to boost the implementation of the SSF Guidelines also creates valuable additional potential for action.

Mundus maris is therefore particularly interested in teaming up with others around the concept and experimental practice of the small-scale fisheries academy to strengthen capacities on the ground. We welcome more volunteers and ask for donations to strengthen on-going research and implementation projects as well as improving our communication capabilities for better service.

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Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team

Activities around the world

Mundus maris supports SSF Academy with training in Yoff and Hann, Senegal

The first training tests were organised in collaboration between Mundus maris and the local committees of the Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Yoff (8 to 10 June) and Hann (11-13 June 2019) to kick off the pilot phase of implementing the academy. Maria Fernanda Arraes Treffner worked with local teams in testing the effectiveness of visual teaching methods including GALS (Gender Action Learning System) to start find out which approaches is most adequate for empowering women and men in different contexts. A short refresher distance session was convened in July. 
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Mundus maris at the Open Science Conference in Brest

The IMBeR Open Science Conference Future Ocean 2 in Brest from 17 to 21 June 2019 brought together scientists and students from many different fields of research around the challenge of "Ocean sustainability for the benefit of society: understanding, challenges, and solutions". More than 300 female and 270 male registered participants representing 59 nationalities from 48 countries spent a week debating and sharing research results. Aliou Sall of Mundus maris was among the approximately 45% of participants with many years of experience.
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Mundus maris supports WIOMSA's push for more gender awareness

WIOMSA, the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, convened it's 11th Symposium from 1 to 5 July 2019 in Port Louis, Mauritius. Cornelia E. Nauen of Mundus maris was invited by the Organising Committee to deliver a keynote address on gender issues to support its own efforts to raise awareness on the topic. Hosted by the University of Mauritius, the symposium had a record number of registered participants with about 300 female scientists out of a total of roughly 650, many young, up and coming colleagues.
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World Ocean Day celebrations continued in July in Nigeria

The University of Lagos organised a lovely prize-giving ceremony with Mundus maris after the exam period on 24 July. Winners from UNILAG, University of Calabar, Yaba College, the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology and of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders network (AWFISHNET) gathered to receive their Mundus maris Awards, honorary diplomas as well as token recognitions for those completing the gender and ocean quiz successfully. It was a jolly occasion complete with a theatre performance by the UNILAG drama group.  
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