effective interactions between indigenous people and other stakeholders makes the difference in the success or failure of oceans conservation. Community struggles with development or conservation schemes, when seen only as economic or environmental issues, overlooks their impact on culture and on food sovereignty
efficient applied ocean conservation utilizes the traditional knowledge of indigenous people, 21st century tools and the customary ocean practices of resource users to build a both-ways dialogue that ends with positive biological conservation and measurable advancement of human well-being
Since 2004 Ocean Revolution/Bitonga Divers has been working to improve performance and social equity in ocean management by studying and acting on the socio-economic implications of environmental change, development and conservation burdens on indigenous and marginalized communities.
entrepreneurial biodiversity conservation recognizes there are few livelihood choices in the remote communities of indigenous people that create economic opportunity from environmental stewardship. Training programs that emphasize best practices in marine business establish the incentives for responsible utilization of oceans resources
Ocean Revolution believes in a limited lifetime strategy, setting clear endpoints and celebrating the true champions of change, the communities themselves.
Please contact us if you would like information on our historic partnerships in North East Arnhem Land, The Torres Straits, and the Western Kimberly in Australia, Guna Yala, Panama, or Papua New Guinea. Or, with NAILSMA, the KLC, Grupo Tortuguero, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples or WIN (the World Indigenous Network)
Aquaculture engineer, drone builder, environmental scientist and cultural historian Alberto Mellado Moreno has recently completed a three volume, 600 page history of the Comcáac from the Comcáac perspective. Beginning from when the Spaniards first came to Mexico and to the end of the 19th Century when the Comcáac had become known as undefeatable warriors. It follows many volumes of history and conjecture by anthropologists, ecologists, and scientists from the North and an exhaustively researched trilogy of truth. It will be followed by an audiobook to be delivered to youth in Cmiique Iitom, language of the people.
In 2006 Anabela Muchanga, Carlos Macuacua, and Timothy Dykman created Bitonga Divers
ORM, since 2011, has developed programs of entrepreneurial biodiversity conservation and resource utilization to improve performance and social equity in ocean management in Mozambique
The first gazzeted community conservation areas in Mozambique are no-take nursery areas known to communities for decades and harmonized with 21st century science and legislation
The Marine Conservation Institute chose the Inhambane Bay Community Network as one of the world's most effective MPAs this year. The others? Galapagos, Cocos Islands, Farralons, and the Aldabra Reserve
Mutsane is a meeting place in the Gitonga language of the Bitonga people of Inhambane. It is a safe place to talk about community, family, and other sensitive private matters that are dealt with communally and that build cohesion and solve problems in indigenous communities. We have three Mutsane buildings through Inhambane. Praia do Tofo, Nhamposeni, and our
latest in Barbalaza.
We question the human-ocean bond and are respectful who we ask for answers.
For centuries, environmental law was remembered from the stars, land and water.
They are our ocean rules.
When those rules are forgotten there are “watchers” reminding us of them.
They guard against outside threats.
In Mozambique we call them "Mukhedzisseli,” and many of them are women.
They look out to sea, they look down each side of our village.
My family and I made a film about them.
And, You invited me here to this big island to tell my story and to listen to yours.
When we leave we will do something with those stories.
For centuries, environmental law and oceans stewardship in the cultures of indigenous people came from the stars, land and water. Practical wisdom, cultural and spiritual rules were passed from generation to generation to set the relationship between human beings and non-human beings.
There are always “watchers” seeking to harmonize contemporary narratives with ancient ocean rules.
Our film is the story of the watchers of
Mozambique and the resources they marshalled to return "ocean rules" to their home"
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