Venue: Luderitz Waterfront

Date: Jun 13, 2015

Contact: Olivia Haludilu +26461248345 oh@nnf.org.na

Summary

World Oceans Day will be celebrated in Namibia with an event in Lüderitz on 13 June 2015. The event will be held at the Waterfront, and will involve school learners undertaking activities aimed at raising awareness about the ocean. This event will also see the judging of learners’ artwork made from recycled materials.

Our oceans are bountiful; they help feed us, provide energy, regulate our climate, purify our water, help carry most of the world’s trade goods, and they inspire us. They are under threat from our activities however, and we need to do more to help conserve them. The theme for 2015 is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. We all depend directly or indirectly on our oceans. It is important to work together to ensure that our oceans remain healthy, thereby maintaining the health of our existence on the planet. In particular this year the focus is on plastic pollution. Not only are wildlife choking on plastic pollution, but our oceans are too, and the more we look into it the more we learn how plastic is harming our seas.

The harbour town of Lüderitz is situated adjacent to the Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area (NIMPA). Together with the Lüderitz Peninsula, which falls within the biodiversity hotspot of the Succulent Karoo, this is the only area that is freely accessible to visitors, including the local population and tourists. This event is part of a project carried out by the Namibia Nature Foundation in collaboration with Namibian Dolphin project and African Penguin conservation project through the support of Shell Namibia Upstream B.V. to monitor the NIMPA and raise awareness about NIMPA and marine issues amongst schools.

Photo Credit: The Namibian Dolphin Project.