Save For Our Oceans’ sea of women

In the Solomon Islands, where 90% of men and half of all rural women are engaged in fisheries work, fish is naturally a primary source of nutrition. For most families, nearly 60% of all animal-based protein in their diet comes from the oceans. Hardly surprising, of course, when you consider that the Solomon Islands lie in the warm and productive seas of the Coral Triangle, where nutrient rich currents feed diverse coral reefs, which in turn supports over one-third of the world's reef fish species.

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Changing mindsets women’s leadership in resource management in the Solomon Islands

Constance Sori is from Leona Community on Vella la Vella, one of many islands in Solomon Islands’ Western Province. She is one of the most trusted women in her community when it comes to managing the communal savings system. She speaks with confidence at a symposium that has brought together over 40 women from coastal communities in the province.

Brokering partnerships and building relationships for conservation and community development

Lavenia Naivalu is on a mission. Quite simply, her mission is to feed her people – now and in the future. Run a search for Nacula in Fiji, and your screen will be awash with images of clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and advertisements for resorts offering paradisiacal holidays.

Portraits of Change: Chile | Zoila Bustamante

Small-scale fisheries and aquaculture are key to food security, livelihoods and a sustainable oceans future. These are their stories of resilience in the face of climate change and a changing ocean.

Ocean Witness Selim Dablo, Pakistan

“If you give nature space, it starts to heal itself and take care of us again.”

Ocean Witness Ernestine Perline, Madagascar

“Many people in the community now realize that good fishing practices are the future of our village.”

Ocean Witness Jack Sagumai, Papua New Guinea

“People talk about leaving a better planet for our children, but we need to leave better informed children for our planet.”

Ocean Witness Patricio Merino, Chile

“I am doing what I like most: protecting our coast and ocean.”

Ocean Witness Siti Norazliyana Ali, Malaysia

“We train community members to become citizen scientists.”

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