mozambican research vessel for estuaries
Ocean Revolution supports indigenous science students in formal institutional settings. For example, in 2013, at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, Alima Taju, Vera Julien and Damboia Cossa received their Masters of Science in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology. Alima now works for WWF in Mozambique on sustainable aquaculture. Damboia and Vera are teaching undergraduate courses. In Mexico, University Graduates Alberto Mellado and Servando Monroy are working for CONAP, the government agency responsible for the management of protected areas, and Leonel Hoeffer is entering graduate school to study environmental engineering
Ocean Revolution works with Indigenous Communities to recover, revive and apply traditional knowledge using 21st century tools to accumulate data can be accepted by policy-makers This allows for the creation, and management of formal and informal Indigenous Protected Areas, internationally recognized sites of outstanding value and unrecognized community managed areas.
using cybertracker (click to see the birth of cybertracker)
Click cybertracker for policy-making in Mexico's Gulf of California
protecting locally managed fisheries from poachers
indigenous protected areas
ramsar and world heritage sites
tradtional protections for turtles
community consultations for protected areas
creating self-financing LMMAs
Most indigenous people have traditional songs, stories, legends, dreams, methods and practices to transmit specific human elements of traditional knowledge. Sometimes it is preserved in artifacts handed from father to son or mother to daughter. In indigenous knowledge systems, there is usually no real separation between secular and sacred knowledge and practice - they are one and the same. In virtually all of these systems, knowledge is transmitted directly from individual to individual. The communities of Armila and Yandup (a significant Hawksbill nesting area), over 9 hours apart by boat, have struggled to spread prohibitions on the possession of turtle to all of Panama. They are demanding a return to their traditional turtle protections to rebuild populations decimated by years of outsider’s demands for turtle products for medicinal and consumptive purposes.
This film was made by Romelia and Eunice Barnett. Led by the Comcáac Environmental Monitoring team, young members of the Comcáac tribe in Sonora Mexico have begun a project of monitoring and restoring the mangroves which are the nursery for their traditional fisheries. They collect "orphan seedling" (ones that have become displaced and dislocated by human impact, storms, and other natural events. They raise them to a survivable size in discarded plastic bottles and then plant them in areas that have been damaged by human and natural causes. This not only restores the "nursery" area. Mangroves are a major "carbon sink" for excess C02 generated by the burning of fossil fuels.