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

At global level, the UN climate summit caught a lot of attention, but so did more than seven million people of all ages following the call for strikes and demonstrations of the Fridays for Future in locations big and small around the world to demand action now. Members and friends of Mundus maris participated in several places to underscore the urgency of reducing CO2 emissions. Clearly, the longer we wait, the lower are the chances to succeed and the greater the risk that hypothetical technofixes to extract and store CO2 from the atmosphere will actually not be available. Mitigating climate change in line with Paris commitments is the dominant challenge that needs us all to engage with technological, economic but also social change in an equitable manner. More global marches are announced for 29 November before the next climate summit in Chile.

Dragging feet and lack of courage and imagination is holding governments and major industries back. According to a recent report, in 2019 the fossil industry spending will increase to $115bn, with just 3% of that directed at low carbon projects.Similar issues are playing out in the WTO where member countries can not even agree on a new chair of an important committee, so that any progress on phasing out subsidies for industrial fleets is again in jeopardy this year in breach of the commitment to phase them out by 2020 (SDG14.6).
That puts more responsibility on the shoulders of civil society organisations for capacity building, mobilisation, testing alternatives at smaller scales and paving the way for change on fair terms.

As far as working for viable and prosperous futures for small-scale fisheries are concerned, Mundus maris is happy to note interest of several organisations in teaming up with us around these shared concerns. Together we want to push forward with the small-scale fisheries academy to strengthen capacities on the ground. A round of follow-up capacity building is scheduled for October, again with attention to advancing on gender equity for stronger performance of men and women in family entreprises and along value chains. Help make a difference by supporting this work with a weekly or monthly donation to

Mundus maris asbl (beneficiary), Belfius Bank, Rue de Linthout 224, 1040 Brussels, Belgium 
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Contact us any time at info@mundusmaris.org. Thank you!

Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team

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Activities around the world

Mundus maris presents SSF Academy at FishBase Symposium in Perth

This year's FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium stretched over two days and thus offered a wider array of talks and interaction than previous occasions. It took place at the Indian Ocean Research Centre (IOMRC) of the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, from 9 to 10 September. Among all the big names, Mundus maris could present the SSF academy and how small-scale fishers could access research results better in the future.
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You create your environment - Care for it! Role plays in Buenos Aires

Students from across the University of Belgrano engaged successfully in a role play interpreting the different parties in a conflict of interests arising from the production, use, waste and contamination of plastic materials, heavy metals and agrochemicals in the sea. Guided by the principles of the SDGs, the participants presented interesting consensus proposals.
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Mundus maris  at the Joint FISON/PESCAO-ECOWAS high profile conference in Lagos

The Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) and the EU funded “Improving Fisheries Governance in Western Africa Project” (PESCAO)-ECOWAS convened a high level conference in Victoria Island, Lagos to discuss better collaboration among non-state actors and how to strengthen capacities among local stakeholders. Mundus maris presented the small-scale fisheries academy work as an example.
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Sunday without cars in Brussels attracted huge crowds

Throughout the day four volunteers in their Mundus maris T-shirts and armed with good humour and flyers in several languages offered information on climate-friendly mobility, the importance of marine protection and the connections with climate change mitigation and adaptation. We enjoyed lots of good conversations about visitor's own experiences and what else to do. 
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