Mundus maris newsletter: July-August 2020
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Dear <<First Name>>

while countless people are reeling from the effects of the pandemic and essential face-to-face negotiations are delayed or curtailed, the global challenges before covid-19 have not gone away. If anything, the pandemic has put into sharper relief the increased need to being creative in how we practice much needed solidarity and cooperation.

Over the last two northern summer months, we have acted that out as best we could under the circumstances, as you can see from the highlights from different places. And we look forward – to an inspiring concert to celebrate the ocean on all continents on 14 November and to expanding the collaboration in developing a wonderfully diverse Book of the marine world, open to all countries and age groups ready for sharing at World Fisheries Day, 21 November. Join all the others to make this a truly remarkable celebration of living sustainably with the ocean. It is going to be one of the presents we offer to our community as we celebrate 10 years of work and fruitful collaboration. Together with YOU we have achieved quite a bit, together with YOU we head confidently into the next decade. We already thank those sending us anniversary messages in the form of videos and text messages. That's a great encouragement and motivation to keep going.

In its last meetings the Board of Mundus maris decided to support two new initiatives as part of on-going collaborations. The first, “Make Stewardship Count”, is all about asking for enhanced transparency in the dealings of the Marine Stewardship Council and implement some critical steps in its procedures to enforce sustainability criteria. The second concerns a letter to Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries from more than 30 NGOs demanding Europe's support in the ICCAT Commission for immediate protection of the slow-growing and now endangered northern Mako Shark facing an emergency from massive catches in the tuna fisheries. That would be a most appropriate concrete step towards implementing the Blue Manifesto launched at the Ocean Action Conference on 5 February 2020 in Brussels, Belgium, in order to ensure implementing SDG 14 in Europe (and elsewhere).

A number of other initiatives and book projects are in the making to deliver on our commitments to the SDGs and help empower ordinary citizens to partake through ocean literacy, information and collaboration. We'll keep you posted in the coming issues. Become a supporting member or regular donor of Mundus maris to make even bigger waves to protect and connect to the ocean.
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Activities around the world

Successful webinar with Ocean Ambassadors, Nigeria

Ocean Ambassadors is a dynamic non-profit in Nigeria promoting ocean literacy and interest in maritime professions with focus on young minds. They invited Mundus maris Vice President Prof. Stella Williams to join as speaker in a webinar on 25 July 2020 as a first step to develop mutually beneficial collaboration in the occasion of the African Union Day for Seas and Oceans. Especially in its 10 years anniversary year Mundus maris asbl was happy to comply and expand collaboration.
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Practicing solidarity with other schools in Hann Bel-Air, Senegal

The covid-19 pandemic has also curtailed the possibilities of several other partner schools in Hann Bel-Air to engage with beach cleanings or other traditional activities to celebrate World Ocean Day, because schools were closed as a result of the lockdown in the municipality. As a result, concrete solidarity activities could only take place end July in two schools, the Kawabata, Montagne 6 followed later by two other primary schools Bara Gueye and Doudou Mbathj.
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Vibrant solidarity with soccer schools in Hann Bel-Air, Senegal

As part of the partnership with Mundus maris, the Association of soccer training schools in Hann Bel-Air has been celebrating World Ocean Day for several years. But this year's day coincided with the Coronavirus pandemic which deeply impacted the usual programme especially as the municipality is particularly hard hit. That was a good reason to practice solidarity and provide protective face masks and hand washing containers to the school to protect pupils and teachers.
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Ocean Celebration Concert at Hollands College, Leuven, 14 November

You are cordially invited to attend a unique concert featuring world ocean music performed by talented musicians Sara Fontan Ferreira (cello) and Kristina Kebet (piano) via streaming. The concert will take place on November 14 in the chapel of Hollands College of the Catholic University of Leuven. The concert will take place in collaboration with Mundus maris asbl and will be recorded.
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