IOC Sub Commission

for Africa and the Adjacent Island States - IOCAFRICA

Concept Note: Regional workshop on Hydrodynamic and Environmental Modeling

Theme: Greening the Blue

World Ocean Day 7-8 June 2018

Background 

Celebrated each year on 8 June since 2009, World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen people breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and regulate climate. They are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income and serve as the backbone of international trade. 

Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas. 

Justification

Key to a healthy environment is the ocean. A notorious menace in the ocean is the ubiquitous plastic; hence, the World Ocean Day themes of “Greening the Blue.” With this in mind and considering the needs of the coastal community in Kilifi County, the above entities have agreed to collaborate in relaying the community and youth on events that create high awareness, education and solutions to  raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increase awareness and understanding on climate changes due to local behaviors 
  • Raise awareness on plastic as more than waste, thus the need to reduce reuse, &recycle.  
  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the the ocean.  
  • To raise cognizance on role the oceans have in everyday life as well as the impact of human actions on the ocean. 

 Methodology

There will be a public lecture by an environmentalist, educator, or scientist. The focus of the lecture topic around this year’s World Oceans Day theme, encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter, or a specific local issue of interest. The session will use various modes to engage the target groups such screening of environment and ocean themed documentaries followed by a discussion. The commemoration will also be a beach cleanup as well as beach sports events to bring awareness to ocean issues. Local community and Pwani University students will join in picking plastic and other waste at the ocean beach front. These materials once collected will be sorted in various types: plastic, flip flops, ropes, and glass. These fragments will be sent to the various recycling or reuse entities. Only unrecyclable materials will be delivered to the dumpsite. Ocean Mamas will lead in this exercise and sharing their experience and expertise in the subject. 

The commemoration will also involve a tour of University students and interested community members to Regeneration factory in Malindi to observe how ocean plastic waste is recycled to long lasting construction products. A demonstration will be made on the various types of plastics and how to identify them and the importance of segregating into types and colors. Demonstration on how the materials are prepared:  shredding, washing drying and mixing into the appropriate product mix. The visit will include hands on participation in the process In addition, they will also tour Ocean Trust conservancy in Watamu and learn how Turtles are rescued and rehabilitated.  They will also learn about the importance of preventing plastic from entering the ocean. This is a rare opportunity to see and experience the consequences of poor plastic waste behaviors and how it’s affecting local endangered sea turtles. There will also be a Greening The Blue Party /Open mic night with Kilifi based Humanity Kila Jamii movement, Double OMsome, AfrSoulRap/EnvironRap(youth) and finishing with the Plastic Pledge.

Key Partners

UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the successor of the League of Nations' International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.

Regeneration Africa

Regeneration Africa (Regeneration): A private enterprise whose mission is to convert waste in valuable commodities, therein cleaning the environment and changing lives. Regeneration is active in community collection initiatives, and has innovated products that use the recycled plastic to make construction products such as paving blocks, fencing posts and road signage. The company leads in community education and awareness programs in lore schools to start changing waste behavior early and works with youth in providing guidance in green entrepreneurship. Regeneration has been active in proviso World Environmental Days and other UN agency activities.

Pwani University

This is the largest University in the coastal region of Kenya.  Key focus is in environmental sciences and research.

Ocean Mamas

A global initiative of women dedicated to the healing of our beaches, ocean, planet and precious selves. They have weekly cleanup activities along the Kilifi County beaches.

Local Ocean Trust

A conservancy that is globally recognized for their work in rescuing, rehabilitating and conserving Sea Turtles.

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