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1. What is the Bremen-Durban Marine Environmental Education Network?

The Bremen-Durban Marine Environmental Education Network is a cooperation project between the two sister cities Bremen in Germany and Durban in South Africa. The project is based on the climate change partnership between the two cities and aims at empowering youth to take an active role in the protection of the ocean and in creating awareness around marine conservation while at the same time building up a network of stakeholders in both cities.

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2. Who is funding the project?

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Germany for three years on the basis of a 90% grant, with eThekwini Municipality and the City of Bremen each contributing 5%.

3. What is the Bremen-Durban Ocean Champions Programme?

The Bremen-Durban Ocean Champions Programme empowers 15 young people in Durban to create awareness on the importance of the marine environment. These Ocean Champions are being educated on the ocean through workshops and trainings with skills that enable them to go out into their communities to share the knowledge they gained. The programme takes place over a period of two years and will end with a NQF Level 5 qualification.

5. What is the focus area of the project?

The project focuses on the marine environment in particular as climate change and human-caused pollution have a great impact on the ocean and through that on the residents itself. Especially in a coastal municipality such as eThekwini, creating awareness on the importance of the ocean both along the coast but also in rural areas is crucial to the development of a sustainable and liveable city.

6. What are the objectives of the project?

The following objectives were set to create an enabling environment for marine conservation and sustainability in the long-term:

  • Educating and empowering young people as Ocean Champions on the value of the marine environment and the importance of the ocean in the global ecosystem
  • Supporting and training teachers and environmental educators to use innovative methods for the education on the ocean and marine conservation
  • Building and strengthening a network in the marine space between Durban and Bremen that can offer opportunities of public debates and open forums

7. I am part of an organisation or community in the marine space and would like to partner with the project. How can I do that?

We are very interested in working together with different organisations, communities or schools and value the input that they can add to our project. You can contact us with your proposal on info@oceanchamps.co.za.

Who We Are ?

The Bremen-Durban Marine Environmental Education Network is a project jointly implemented by eThekwini Municipality and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (Germany) as part of the climate change partnership between the two cities.

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