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Champions of the Earth: Melanesia’s Sea Women
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Champions of the Earth: Melanesia’s Sea Women

The Sea Women of Melanesia were named Champions of the Earth. This is the highest environmental award given by the UN in the Inspiration category.

Most people consider fins, masks, and neoprene suits to be recreational gear. They are, however, the tools of change for the non-profit organization.
The 30-plus members of the group, all dressed in diving gear and scuba gear, chart the health of the fragile coral reefs around Melanesia.

The Coral Triangle is where the Sea Women work. It covers approximately 5.7 million kilometres between the Great Barrier Reef, the islands archipelagos Melanesia (South East Asia) and the Great Barrier Reef.

It is home to a significant fisheries industry and is a top destination for underwater tourism. It is also extremely endangered by rising human populations and high levels of waste.

The good news is coral reefs can recover if their marine environment is protected. Sea Women has been working across Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands since 2018. It supports marine protected areas to ensure that there are plenty of fish for future generations.

The full story on the Sea Womens Work can be found here Here.


Champions of the Earth

  • The United Nations Environment Programmes Champions of the Earth and the Young Champions of the Earth honor individuals, groups, or organizations that have made a significant impact on the environment. The UN’s highest environmental honour, the Champions of the Earth Award, is presented each year.
  • The UN General Assembly declared 2021-2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This is a plan to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem destruction worldwide.
  • It aims at restoring billions of hectares to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Visit www.decadeonrestoration.orgLearn more

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