Driving long-term ocean health for Kovalam & Vizhinham...
The Masterplan focuses on the key areas identified by our Global Ambassadors, our team, the local community and our 5 inspiring local partners. They are:
Waste management and plastic source-reduction programs - including developing an initial plastic recycling collection facility for the community; exploring the potential of black fly larvae aquaponic systems to create decentralised closed-loop food production and waste management inclusive systems; as well as working with businesses, students, tourists and the local community to transition away from single-use plastics through our Don’t Be A Sucker, India initiative;
Fisheries management - creating repurposed products from discarded fishing gear to sell to an international market; researching current fishing methods, impacts and implementing studies to further understand species abundance and declines within the region; exploring the potential for household aquaponic systems to relieve the pressure on marine ecosystems, whilst providing sustainable food-sources and incomes for the local community;
Bio-remediation / micro-remediation of waterways - focusing on the Gangaya estuary in Vizhinjam to eliminate nutrient loads in the waterway, undertake major clean-ups and create buffer zones to eliminate dumping of waste within the vicinity of the estuary;
Ecotourism - providing the skills, knowledge and support to transition toward PCFML certified, ocean-friendly marine-based ecotourism as a new source of income for the local fishing community;
These four core focus areas are supported by social programs, aimed at increasing and sustaining our ongoing efforts:
* Education - through our partner organisation SISP and our other partners in the region we work with locals of all ages to increase knowledge when it comes to sustainable resource management and conservation, developing future ocean leaders from within the community;
* Training - ensuring ongoing training to ensure a smooth transition into more sustainable industries, whilst skilling-up youth, students and those seeking employment within the community;
* Employment - providing ongoing, fair-trade employment, ensuring a more resilient community, where marine conservation and community health is worth more than exploitation.
We are currently raising vital funds for Phase II of our Masterplan. Will you assist us in reaching our target of $13,000?
This is our biggest project to date, will you support global change for our ocean?
Thank you for contributing toward making our dream for a healthier ocean, a reality!
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