Ocean Tribute Award presented to Sea Women of Melanesia

A project to train Melanesian women in marine protection has won the Ocean Tribute Award at boot Düsseldorf.

The winners are endowed with 20,000 euros, provided by the Prince Albert II Foundation and boot Düsseldorf.

In this project, committed Melanesian women from the states of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu are specially trained to establish marine protection zones around the unique, largest contiguous coral reefs in the world. An international team of marine biologists trains the women in diving and surveying techniques to preserve and protect the corals.

The award winners want to help the population to maintain and care for their own habitat with hardware, software and education. In this way, they can help to defend the resources for local fishing as a source of food for the population. The project and its initiators also promote the sustainable development of tourism.

The award was presented to Marine Conservationist, Lucie Guirkinger, from the Coral Sea Foundation for the Sea Women of Melanesia by Boris Herrmann, the representative of the Prince Albert Foundation in Germany, Dr. Bernd Kunth, and the CEO of the fair, Werner Matthias Dornscheidt.

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