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Mundus maris newsletter: March 2017
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Dear Cornelia,

The Mundus maris Club Senegal was nominated for the UNDP's Equator Prize 2017! UNDP received a total of 806 nominations from 120 countries. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Equator Initiative 2017 recognizes exceptional local solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Keep fingers crossed! Whoever is the official winner, the many initiatives acknowledged are definitely a win for the participants, their communities and solutions to problems respectful of nature.
 
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The Earth Hour on 25 March which had an unprecedented large following furthermore focused people's mind on the climate challenges we face, from disappearing polar ice caps to desertification and more. Please join with your personal pledge and support our work to protect the ocean. Become a volunteer, share your knowledge and skills with us!
With the deadline of 30 April nearing, please alert young people up to 24 years of age, who may not yet have heard about it, that it's still time to participate in the Mundus maris Awards 2017 contest. Keep feeling inspired and participate! Here are the links again for easy reference.
 
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We would like to thank those acting on our appeal for seasonal giving for the ocean and the youth contest, which generated more than 1,000 Euro so far. Please consider also a monthly donation to make ends meet – even a small regular contribution makes it much easier for us to develop much needed continuity for the different campaigns:
IBAN BE54 0688 9178 6297, BIC GKCCBEBB.
Beneficiary: Mundus maris asbl, Belfius Bank, Rue de Linthout 224, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.

Keep your comments coming – we'd love to hear from you on info@mundusmaris.org or wod2017@mundusmaris.org specifically on the youth contest.

Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team
News from around the world
A small-scale fisheries academy is a meeting space for local and scientific knowledge and more (Photo: Mor Talla Ndioune)
An Academy for small-scale fisheries – implementing the Voluntary Guidelines
We have been asked to join a research consortium submitting a proposal to the Belmont Forum's call focused on two objectives: promote research on transformations to sustainability and build capacity and impact on society and the research landscape. While asking for the involvement of various societal actors as a requisite for attaining the objectives, no funding is provided for their participation.
 
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To make this happen all the same, we need your support for our case study for developing a Small-scale Fisheries Academy.
IBAN BE54 0688 9178 6297, BIC GKCCBEBB.
Beneficiary: Mundus maris asbl, Belfius Bank, Rue de Linthout 224, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.
Preparations for World Oceans Day get going in Abbassa, Egypt
WorldFish Abbassa, Egypt, represented by country director Dr. Malcolm Dickson, has become a partner for this year's celebrations of World Oceans Day. Lydia Mosunmola, who has been the heart and soul of World Oceans Day celebration at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Nigeria, is currently spending research time in Abbassa and suggested the collaboration. Young people up to 24 years of age are welcome to participate in the Mundus maris Awards contest:
 
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Open panel discussion in the Overseas Museum (Photo: Cornelia E Nauen)
Ocean Governance Conference in Bremen, Germany, 6-8 March
The international OceanGov research collaboration coordinated by Prof. Hornidge of ZMT, Bremen, convened a conference addressing different aspects and challenges of Ocean Governance. MEP Linnéa Engstrøm spoke at the public event in the Overseas Museum through a video-link. As Deputy Chair of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, she insisted on the importance of implementing the Common Fisheries Policy more effectively and underlined the urgency of strong commitments from governments, companies and civil society at the UN Ocean Conference, New York, 5 to 9 June 2017 for achieving SDG 14.
 
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Unbroken high demand from parents for ID papers for their kids (Photo: Aliou Sall)
The work against school drop-outs in Senegal continues to make waves
Members of the Mundus maris Club Senegal will meet shortly with the Monitoring Committee established after the public conference in September 2016 to take stock of progress in the fight against school drop-out caused by lacking birth certificates.
 
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The campaign had been supported by Schuman Trophy. Meanwhile the positive results achieved by Mundus maris in collaboration with local associations has also inspired some leaders of soccer schools and seems to stir the authorities to announce another public audience by a judge to regularise “cases” in Hann, similar to what happened in 2015.
 
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Watch this space for more.
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