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Kenya commits to ban plastic bags

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The Government of Kenya has announced a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. This commitment to reduce plastic waste through banning plastic bags, sets Kenya apart for their environmental leadership among African countries. This announcement comes just three weeks after the UN declared a […]




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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

CleanSeas Campaign_UNEP Shawn Heinrichs

The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging […]




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New Climate Reality to Guide Ocean & Reef Conservation

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The new climate reality and predictions of the world’s coral reefs will need to guide and inform ocean and reef conservation, and innovative urgent action is needed to avoid the destruction and breakdown of marine ecosystems that are vital to our daily lives and sustained future. New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal […]




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Trash Weighing More than 100 Planes Collected During 30th International Coastal Cleanup

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Trash weighing more than 100 Boeing 737 planes – totalling over eight million kilograms – was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. This is according to a a new report released at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. For over 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy has been organising the annual International Coastal […]




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Shark Spotters Programme nets Gold Innovation Award for beach tourism

Shark Spotters Cape Town

The City of Cape Town-funded Shark Spotters Programme has been awarded the Gold – Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism Category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016, held on Thursday 7 April 2016. Judges were looking for organisations that showed leadership in responsible tourism policies and practices in a beach setting, positive […]




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Addressing Africa’s water and sanitation challenges

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Water and sanitation challenges that confront Africa are not new on the continent. Thus, the 18th African Water Association (AfWA) International Congress and Exhibition that took place in Kenya last week (22-25 February) raised my curiosity with the theme “sustainable access to water and sanitation in Africa”. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the conference and noted […]




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Project Everyone – engaging the world in ensuring a sustainable future

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Project Everyone is an ambitious new campaign which aims to share news and information about the global sustainable development goals with 7 billion people around the world – in just 7 days! Project Everyone was founded by Richard Curtis (film maker and founder of Comic Relief) and its aim is to make the global sustainable development […]




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Scuba divers to help save marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean

IUCN MedMIS

A new conservation campaign is reaching out to scuba divers in the Mediterranean to assist with the monitoring and identification of marine invasive species – which pose a threat to the region’s biodiversity. Scuba divers will be able to upload information and photographs of invasive species to an online platform called MedMis, which will map locations and help […]




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Do your cosmetics contain microplastics that threaten ocean health?

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You may not have ever heard the term ‘microplastics‘ before, but these tiny particles of plastic are contained in many cosmetic products and land up in the global oceans where they can cause harm to marine life, with unknown effects on humans who then consume seafood. Microplastics are tiny pieces or particles of plastic (many […]




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Protecting oceans is good for the economy and the planet

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New research commissioned by WWF shows that protecting oceans is good for both the economy and the planet – yielding potential increases in jobs, resources and services. The research shows that for every dollar spent on establishing areas of marine protection (knowns as Marine Protected Areas or MPAs) –  that there could be at least a […]




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