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Sea Women of Melanesia

Mission

Empowering Melanesian women with marine conservation skills. The Sea Women of Melanesia program empowers indigenous women with scuba diving and marine science skills so they can take an active role in creating and monitoring marine protected areas on their own coral reefs.

Launched

April 2021

Location

Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Australia

Sustainable Development Goals

Program

The aim of the Sea Women of Melanesia and our partner organization the Coral Sea Foundation is to raise awareness of the ecological and social value of the Coral Sea and Eastern Coral Triangle and to be proactive in its sustainable management. Combining an ethos of science, gender equity, and sustainability, the Sea Women of Melanesia work with traditional landowners to develop marine reserves that enhance fisheries and biodiversity while improving the basic quality of life of people in our partner villages through the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The Sea Women of Melanesia training program empowers indigenous women with the education, skills, and resources they need to take an active role in raising awareness around, creating, and monitoring marine protected areas of coral reefs. The women are actively engaged in marine conservation activities at 6 locations across Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. To date over 30 women have been trained through the program, and it has led to more than 20 new marine reserve areas being proposed and surveyed in high conservation-value locations in the coral triangle marine biodiversity hotspot.

Impact

30+ Sea women trained to create, protect and raise awareness around Coral Reefs.

20 new marine reserve areas surveyed for protection.

10 villages were delivered needed aid.

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Contact:

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Team
  • Dr Andy Lewis – Executive Director, Coral Sea Foundation
  • Dr David Williamson – Director Marine Reserve Science, Coral Sea Foundation.
  • Dr Daniela Ceccarelli – Director Marine Reserve Spatial Planning, Coral Sea Foundation
  • Mr Jakob Hickey – Paramedic and Security, Coral Sea Foundation.
  • Ms Naomi Longa – SWoM Program Coordinator, Coral Sea Foundation,
  • Kimbe – Project lead for operations in the Manus and West New Britain provinces.
  • Ms Evangelista Apelis – SWoM Director and team leader, Port Moresby
  • Ms Martha Eimba – SWoM Director and team leader, Milne Bay Province.
  • Ms Lorie Pipiga – SWoM team leader, Ferguson Island.
  • Ms Israelah Atua – SWoM Director and treasurer.