Cleaning the ocean
Environment & Science ▼Asia
The most affected by plastic pollution and over fishing are the poorest communities who often live within biodiversity hotspots. Discarded fish nets are a major source of pollution and a hazard to marine life while overfishing causes loss of an entire ecosystem. How do we create a sustainable solution that empowers fishermen and allows them to overcome poverty while preserving the environment?
Net-Works has launched programmes in 36 communities in the Philippines and Cameroon and is planning to expand.
Establishing a supply chain for discarded fishing nets which are recycled into nylon yarn and for seaweed extracts to provide communities with an added income
Community banks are put in place enabling local communities to access financial services.
Creating more marine protected areas to replenish fish stock
Dr. Heather Koldewey –
Heather is Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programmes at ZSL. She leads cross-cutting programmes that are implemented across the world, including Marine and Freshwater, EDGE of Existence and Conversation Technology. She aims to find solutions that work for both people and the planet and protecting the last ocean wilderness areas.
Review and provide ideas on Net-Works financial modelling
Advice on options for including tech-enabled transparency in supply chain, notably the application of blockchain
Advice on separate entity to host impact investment model for Net-Works
Community outreach event to set up a new community
Scoping visit to explore replication of Net-Works in new country
Guardhouse for marine protected area to replenish fish stocks that also operates as a seaweed drying platform for coastal enterprises
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