Ocean Literacy Hub - Asia

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Background

This regional thematic hub naturally emerged from a need to convene and connect young ocean literacy enthusiasts and experts from Asia together, and brainstorm what is missing and what are the priorities for the region (e.g., national/regional guidebook on ocean literacy, blue curriculum, etc). We believe that this regional ECOP hub will provide a unique opportunity to take stock of current ocean literacy initiatives, organizations and resources available in Asia, explicitly highlight where the gaps are, what can we collectively achieve together, and how can we contribute to mainstreaming ocean literacy across the region.

 

This regional group is open to ECOPs working on ocean literacy in Asia and this regardless of the sector they belong to (e.g., NGOs, government, academia, primary and secondary schools system, local community leaders and volunteers, etc.). Anyone else interested in or simply curious about ocean literacy is also more than welcome to join us. We strive to bring together and empower a diverse community of early-career ocean literacy champions, experts and enthusiasts from all across Asia, driving action and facilitating peer-to-peer learning by exchanging knowledge, experience, challenges and success stories.

 

Aims and Objectives

  1. Develop resource materials and tools, including guides, flyers, webinars, infographics, short videos and interview series (…),
  2. Conduct in-person workshops in coastal areas, schools, and colleges to motivate both young and adult minds, and enhance their awareness of the current Ocean Decade challenges,
  3. Collaborate with other regional ocean literacy focal points to strengthen the network and seek joint grants for financial support,
  4. Promote Blue School curricula, local conservation initiatives and informal education/awareness campaigns across Asia.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, inquiries or if you would be willing to help and contribute to our regional hub for ocean literacy in Asia, please do not hesitate to contact us at: ocean.literacy_asia@ecopdecade.org.

Alternatively, you can also reach out directly to ECOP Asia at: asia@ecopdecade.org or send an individual email to any of our current focal points, who are listed in the next section.

Coordinating Team (Focal Points)

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Debarati Sengupta

Ocean Literacy Coordinator of Estuarine and Coastal Studies Foundation, India

Debarati is a youth ocean leader and very passionate about ocean literacy and marine life. Her background is in Marine Science and her research works are focused on Indian Sundarbans. She is the Ocean Literacy Coordinator of Estuarine and Coastal Studies Foundation (ECSF), India, where she is involved in various coastal research, ocean/climate education, mangrove conservation and community engagement based projects. She conducts both in-person and online education and outreach events to educate young minds (mostly 13 to 21 years old) about climate change and UN Ocean Decade challenges. Her vision is to open a Blue Hub in India/Asia to spread ocean awareness and messages for youth beyond the running decade.

Agness Nohra

Member of Diaries of The Ocean, Lebanon

Agness is a marine biologist and ecologist currently a member at Diaries of The Ocean. This NGO is responsible for doing awareness raising campaigns for local communities about marine life, helping with marine conservation actions, and facilitating advocacy and coordination between various actors in the industry. She is mainly working on Ocean Literacy projects: giving sessions about marine biodiversity at schools, participating in a documentary about challenges in the Med produced by Spanish journalists (covering the lionfish invasion in Lebanon), filming and sharing videos on social media. Her wish is for all Lebanese citizens (especially children and youth) to have access to ocean education and knowledge, because it is only then that they will be able to help preserve and conserve our marine resources. This hub gathers people with similar goals and ambitions, which makes it the perfect place to dream, think and act together for a better Ocean Literate Asia.

Frances Camille Rivera

Co-founder, Oceanus Conservation, Philippines

Camille is a marine ecologist and the Co-Founder of Oceanus Conservation, a nonprofit organization aiming to restore the remaining blue carbon habitats in the Philippines. She works with the local government and communities to lobby for a local agreement to protect 250 ha of mangrove forests across the Philippines. She has more than a decade of experience in coastal management and marine conservation, and led various community-based mangrove restoration projects, facilitated alternative livelihood to communities, and engaged more than 7000 young people in ocean literacy. One of their projects is ocean storytelling, where they produce bilingual storybooks about the importance of mangroves and coral reefs. They have distributed 206 books across the Philippines and engaged more than 100 local kids. Through this hub, she will be able to gather like-minded people and learn from different experiences and provide value to both scientific and local knowledge, hopefully improving ocean literacy in the Philippines.

Laura Khatib

Co-founder, Guardians of the Blue, Lebanon

Laura has a background in development economics and sustainable blue economy, and she is passionate about ocean literacy and the ocean in general. She’s been working on developing and spreading ocean literacy in Lebanon with her NGO Guardians of the Blue, as well as organizing underwater cleanups and mitigating the impacts of the lionfish invasion. She works closely with scuba divers and the local fishermen community of Byblos. Her next projects involve producing Lebanese marine documentaries and launching a blue business initiative around lionfish. In the future, she hopes to strengthen ocean literacy capacities in the Middle East!

Houraa Daher

Ocean Literacy With All (OLWA) co-lead for OL research component. Based in the US/but interested in OL in Lebanon

Houraa has a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems Engineering and a PhD in Physical Oceanography. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate studying drought and climate change in the Mediterranean region. She is also a co-lead for the ECOP Ocean Literacy Task Team and for the research component of Ocean Literacy with All (OLWA), where they have been working on OL communication globally. She was motivated to join this regional hub because she is interested in improving the OL resources in Lebanon and the Middle East.

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Adreeja Chatterjee

Member of Prameya Foundation, India; ECOPs Ocean Literacy Task Team

Adreeja is a marine biologist with experience in ecology and fisheries. She is currently working as a PhD scholar at the University of Cologne, to carry out genetic analyses on the invasive species of gobiid fish across Europe. She has been involved in ocean literacy throughout her career and is highly interested in participating in larger projects. She is especially interested in fuelling the ocean literacy efforts in India to inspire growth and ocean advocacy.

Resource Materials

Regional Collaborators and Initiatives

Our Ocean Literacy Hub is reviewing the ocean literacy landscape in Asia and taking stock of ocean literacy organizations, initiatives, and projects going on across the region. We welcome new collaborations, ideas and joint activities/projects to collectively develop regional ocean literacy awareness and contribute to an inclusive expansion of the movement in Asia. 

If interested or just curious to learn more, please reach out to us at: ocean.literacy_asia@ecopdecade.org

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