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OceansWatch in Europe

By Sue Richards — last modified Feb 19, 2014 01:05 PM
January saw the beginning of the establishment of OceansWatch in the UK and Europe. OceansWatch runs expeditions to developing small island nations to assist them with marine management, sustainable livelihood projects, environmental education and to build their capacity to handle the changes associated with climate change.

Published: 2014-02-19 00:00:00
Topics: Environment
Countries: Solomon Islands , Vanuatu

OceansWatch in Europe

Girl with Ground Dove: © OceansWatch

The European bodies will support the OceansWatch projects in the Pacific, but also expand opportunities for cruising yachts close to Europe to contribute towards protecting the environment and supporting small island communities.

Towards this end, an OceansWatch member has already made a reconnaissance visit to the Cape Verde Islands and an OceansWatch member’s yacht is currently on the way there to help a partner NGO.

Planning the 2014 expedition

Back at the New Zealand office OceansWatch are just starting their annual recruitment and project planning for the seventh year. This year OceansWatch will be unveiling some new projects and will be joined by at least two new yachts.

Currently they are looking for volunteers to join them on OceansWatch yachts in the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu from May to November. They are looking for marine scientists, divers, zoologists, social scientists and others who have an interest in conservation and development work in the Pacific Islands. For more information please go tto the OceansWatch website. It is hoped that some of these positions will become paid by next year.

New this year OceansWatch will be contributing towards efforts to conserve some of the Endangered species found in the Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands.  This will involve working with locals to locate certain species and implement land based protected areas.  There are not many mammals on the islands in the Pacific and this project is mainly focused on the Flying fox and some birds.

http://www.oceanswatch.org/

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