South Africans Unite Around Hope Spots

Algoa Bay Dedication(c)KipEvans-MissionBlue

While 12 percent of the land on Earth is protected, less than 3% of the ocean has meaningful protection from fishing, pollution and resource extraction. Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder of global initiative Mission Blue, visited South Africa last month in a whirlwind tour of that ravishing marine environment to help generate community support for more ocean protection. And what a success it was. In partnership with the Sustainable Seas Trust, Dr. Sylvia Earle and the Mission Blue team visited six different communities along the South African coast and engaged local ocean lovers, community leaders and citizens to declare their waters a Hope Spot, special conservation areas that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart.

Local Community Engagement around the Algoa Bay Hope Spot

And what began as an idea of conservation, was quickly embraced by the communities. A local newspaper made an especially eloquent and comprehensive case for the development of South African Hope Spots:

“The concept of public involvement is hugely important to the success of the Hope Spots, which is why those being set up in South Africa will strive to engage not only scientists and conservationists, but scholars and schoolchildren, civilians and —> Read More Here


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