In that exact order, one after the other, together these areas do so much for us. Fact is that ocean provides around 70-80% of the oxygen you are inhaling at this very moment.
However many of us fail to see their importance. We don’t understand why we need them. We don’t know why we are immensely dependent on them. So why protect them?
This brings us to Day 5 we're I along with other interns visited the Reef Conservation at NauticazCenter. It is an NGO focused on of course conservation, hence the name and restoration.
There are various going projects being done by the small group of only 10 people working at the centre. Such as;
• Education and Awareness
In attempts to sensitize the people in 2014 "Bis lamer" was launched. The bus decorated beautifully drives around giving different information to the people. So far it has received 23,000 visitors!
Club Mer: Is a program for the youth. This consists of activities ranging from field trips to snorkeling lessons.
Other programs include Eco-school, Octopus closure and Development of sustainable tools.
• Research and monitoring
Voluntary Marine Conservation Area Programme (VMCA).This involves help from community. They strive to protect the sea grass as an example.
Sea grass serves as a nursery for juveniles, prevents erosion using their roots and provides food for turtles. Thus this brings in tourism, oxygen, food and protection for us!
Did you know? Branched corals are the fastest growing corals. They can grow up to 15cm per year! Sadly this is destroyed within seconds.
So let start protecting and conserving our ecosystems more today than we did yesterday! :)