Stories of Africa's Oceans and Coasts: Volume 2: Essays on Kenya's Coastal and Marine Resources and Environment.
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AbstractThe first volume of Stories of Africa’s Oceans and Coasts introduced artworks from children and youth from Africa on the theme “Living together with the Ocean”. The publication marked the celebration of the UN World Ocean Day (8 June) and the African Day of Sea and Oceans (25 July) in 2014. This second volume focuses on Kenya’s Coastal and Marine Resources and Environment and brings together a collection of 52 essays from college and high school students between 13 and 18 years old on the theme “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”. Two hundred students from 28 schools, members of the Kenya Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (KEFUCA) participated in the Ocean Science Essay Competition 2016. The event was initiated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (through its Sub-Commission for Africa and Adjacent Island States - IOCAFRICA), in collaboration with the Social and Human Sciences sector and the Liaison Officer for the African Department at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa to mark the UN World Ocean Day in 2016. The competition was intended to create awareness on ocean sciences in high schools in Kenya. Students were encouraged to explore ocean and marine sciences with the support of the scientific expertise of the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). Each essay tells a captivating scientific story which speaks to all. Stories of Africa’s Oceans and Coasts is an example of what Ocean Literacy1 is about: understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. Teaching the essential principles and fundamental concepts about the functioning of the ocean and how to communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way helps ocean literate persons to make informed and responsible decisions about the ocean and its resources in the future. The African Union envisions in the Agenda 2063: the Africa we Want that Africa’s Blue economy shall be a major contributor to continental transformation and growth, advancing knowledge on marine and aquatic biotechnology, the growth of an Africa-wide shipping industry, the development of sea, river and lake transport and fishing; and exploitation of and beneficiation from deep sea mineral and other resources.
Publisher or UniversityUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Regional Office for Eastern Africa
Series : NrIOC Information Document;1319
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