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Junior Ocean Ambassador Camp
by Living Islands Non-Profit (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The Ocean and Beaches of the Marshall Islands have faced years of heavy external pollution, environmental neglect and the full impact of global climate changes. Locally, the lack of education and awareness of waste management is causing a large part of the population to dispose of waste by simply dumping it into the Ocean. This has led to a large accumulation of garbage on the formerly pristine beaches of the Marshall Islands.

The Junior Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp will instill a personal investment in the oceans and climate for local youth, ages 10-18, through environmental education, hands-on marine science, and beach cleanup initiatives. In addition, the project is focusing on the connection between personal and environmental health, with a focus on individual wellness, physical health, and water-safety. The two-week camp will promote daily physical activity, through swimming, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and other water-based activities, while simultaneously teaching essential learnings about oceanic systems and a science-based approach to human impact on the natural world in the pacific ocean.

The project is designed to encourage the young local communities to reclaim their beaches, instill a healthy sense of self, and personal ownership of the environment, and is a direct continuation of our environmental education initiative from 2015, that focuses on finding locally developed, culturally engaging, methods of teaching environmental issues to children and youth.

The program is being developed in collaboration with the WAM, WUTMI, CMI Marine Biology Department, Arno Atoll local government, Red Cross and the Marshall Islands EPA.
Progress reports
14.1
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
NUTRIENTS
  • Wastewater treatment
PLASTICS
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
14.4
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
August 2017
Survey trips to RMI to solidify location and logistics of Floating Forest and Junior Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp. The team will reserve the location for the August 2018 Summer Camp, currently scheduled for Arno Atoll.
August 2018
Jr. Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp begin. The camp is for Marshallese Youth living on Majuro Atoll, ages 10-18, two week long, and aims to employ local Marshallese and external staff to educate and empower Marshallese youth to reclaim their beaches. The curriculum will cover essential learnings about ocean ecosystems/marine weather/species identification, personal wellness, locally sourced healthy nutritional options, water safety infrastructure training/certification of Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid CPR, waste management, and hands-on beach cleanup initiatives.
Staff / Technical expertise
10 camp counseling staff for summer 2018 Junior Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp. No less than half of the staff employed by the camp will be local Marshallese. We will use local partnerships on Majuro Atoll, Arno Atoll and in the United States to locate and
Financing (in USD)
10,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Living Islands is committing a significant number of our volunteer hours this year to this program. Red Cross is committing resources for first-aid parts of the program.
Basic information
Time-frame: 07/2017 - 08/2018
Partners
Arno Atoll local government (Government) Waan Ael in Majel (NGO) Women United Together Marshall Islands (NGO) College of the Marshall Islands, Marine Biology Department (Academic Institution) Marshall Islands EPA (Government) Red Cross Marshall Islands (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Micronesian Region after Pilot
Contact information
Alden Glinert, Camp Director, alden@livingislands.org, (928) 442-6540
Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA
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