Fighting plastic pollution and poverty at once: The Plastic Bank

By Hannah Schartmann. Shaun Frankson is Co-Founder of the Plastic Bank – a project to stop ocean plastic pollution. The motivation of this project is obvious: every minute of every day, tons of plastic get into the ocean worldwide. This amounts to around eight million tons of plastic per year. It is estimated that there…

Thamarasi Aththanayaka: A conservation story from Sri Lanka

By Thamarasi Aththanayaka and Alyssa Robinson.  Hello, I am Thamarasi Aththanayaka from Sri Lanka. I don’t know whether you have heard about my small country, which is actually an island in the Indian Ocean. We are lucky to have a beautiful ocean with sandy and rocky beaches, as well as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass…

The Turtles of São Tomé Island

By Ruben Perez Perez. On the forgotten island of São Tomé, sea turtles have been considered a prized food and jewels source since humans landed on the beaches of the archipelago back in the 15th century. These threats have led to a decline of sea turtle population in the region, reaching critical levels. However, in the…

A spongy success story from Zanzibar

By Nuri M. Steinmann. Christian Vaterlaus and Connie Sacchi from Switzerland wanted to start over and begin a new life. They have done so in a quite bizarre way: They became sponge farmers. In Zanzibar they try to battle poverty, provide sustainable jobs and raise awareness for local marine conservation issues by cultivating sponges. It’s…