Farah Obaidullah attended the World Ocean Summit in Mexico on behalf of Women4Oceans. Summits like this are important since they bring together industry leaders, governments and ocean experts, allowing for a focussed cross disciplinary dialogue about what is happening in our oceans. Farah explains briefly why such summits can truly have an impact if they reach the people that matter - coastal and island communities, and those taking action on the ground.
In 2017, Farah attended the World Ocean Summit in Bali and called for a pledge from the Economist Group to increase female representation on their panels. Women4Oceans was pleased to see that at this year's summit women were better represented. For next year's summit, Women4Oceans calls on the Economist Group to increase their diversity.
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Check out this brief video of the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve in Mexico, highlighting the importance of healthy and intact mangroves for our ocean and our climate.
Truly an incredible experience to be out in the mangroves again and what a reminder of how staggeringly beautiful our planet is!
For the Ocean,
Happy to share my piece on Women and the Ocean in the Huffington Post. If you enjoyed it please share with your networks. Together we can change the conversation!
To Help Save Our Oceans, Include Women in the Conversation
For the Ocean,
The World Ocean Summit, hosted by the Economist Group in March in Mexico (7 - 9 March), will bring together high level stakeholders to discuss the challenges facing our oceans. Now more than ever we need world leaders and business leaders to pay attention to the crisis unfolding in our oceans. The ocean needs our voice!
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For the Ocean,
Women4Oceans is proud to sign on to the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Free Arctic Commitment. #Climatechange means the #Artic is melting, making it an attractive place for industry and shipping. We cannot allow dirty oil from these new ventures to destroy wildlife and people's livelihoods in this previously untouched part of the world.
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Photo: Farah Obaidullah, Arctic Circle, Norway, 2015
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For the Ocean,
Yesterday was international #DayoftheGirl. Check out the inspirational work Dakota and Charley Peebler and Sophia FitzMedrud from Heirs To Our Oceans are doing to #BetheChange!
Let's make everyday about celebrating ocean heroes everywhere!
Let us know if you have a story to share. - For the Ocean, Farah
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#FishCrimes seriously undermine #ocean management & conservation and destroy people's lives. Here's is a quick summary of fish crime & illegal #fishing. I keep these videos short (a minute or less) so that folks will watch them and get inspired to come into action by informing themselves. There is of course a lot more detail available. I have worked extensively on exposing illegal fishing & human rights abuse at sea. It is one of the most tragic forms of ocean abuse out there. Criminals who don't care for the environment typically don't care about people and vice versa. The crimes go very deep. For those interested I am happy to point to reports & blogs both past & present that provide more detail. For the Ocean - Farah
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Some general links:
Fishcrime Official Website
Greenpeace Report (2014) lead author Farah Obaidullah
EJF Report Combating seafood slavery
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Sea otters are possibly the cutest animals in the ocean! Driven to near extinction through hunting, populations are now on the rebound. But they are not in the clear yet! They still face many threats and their importance in the ecosystem is often overlooked.
Guest blog by Angela Martin
I learned about these two inspirational women, who are making their mark on the direction of whale conservation and management in the Pacific Islands region, at the “Whales in a Changing Ocean” conference, in Tonga, in April 2017. Fiafia Rex and Aunofo Havea use their power as individuals to create positive change in their societies to help protect whales. With their permission, a short outline of their work is shared below, with links to find out more.
Fiafia founded a whale research and conservation organisation called Oma Tafua, which means “to treasure whales”, dedicated to protecting and increasing our education and awareness of all cetacean species in Niue. Fiafia spoke at the conference about her work to document and conserve humpback whales in Niue, which are part of the endangered Oceania population. Oma Tafua have a small budget, but this doesn’t stop them! With the assistance of volunteers who provide time, lend equipment and allow use of their boats to collect data, Oma Tafua have been successful in recording the slow recovery of whale populations in Niue over the last ten years. Their data has been used to highlight the importance of whale conservation, both in Niue and throughout Oceania.
Video of Fiafia at work with Oma Tafua.
Fiafia’s work with Oma Tafua is on Facebook and was covered by a SPREP (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) News Release in April 2017.
Aunofo, who made waves as the first female Captain in Tonga and founded the Tonga Voyaging Society, spoke at the conference about the importance of whales for the Pacific region. Aunofo takes tourists to see the huge humpback whales that return to Tonga every year from Antarctica on a Vaka (canoe), which is entirely run on solar power and sails. Aunofo describes her connection to the whales as though they are her family, and is passionate about whale conservation and responsible tourism practices.
Aunofo at work with the Tonga Voyaging Society, video courtesy of Okeanos Vaka Motu.
Aunofo’s work with the Tonga Voyaging Society is also on Facebook.
I am the Project Lead at Blue Climate Solutions, a Project of The Ocean Foundation, and am based in the UK. I attended the “Whales in a Changing Ocean” conference to talk about the importance of whales for blue carbon – that is, carbon associated with the ocean. There are many pathways through which carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas and driver of climate change, can be removed from the atmosphere and stored: I focus on those associated with ocean life, including whales. Understanding and protecting these pathways can help in the fight against climate change.
My work is shared on the Blue Climate Solutions website, and whale carbon was featured in Scientific American in April 2017.
Although we may all come from different backgrounds, cultures and disciplines, we are all connected through our interest in, and passion for, a healthy ocean.
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Farah is an Ocean Advocate who lives by the sea in the Netherlands. Farah loves running, diving, talking oceans & cats