The Ocean Film Festival, Australia is on its way! Hitting a record number of venues across Australia the festival will showcase some of the world's most inspiring and moving ocean short films. Project AWARE caught up with festival organiser, Jemima Robinson to learn a little more about the festival and what the audience can expect in 2015.
AWARE: The Ocean Film Festival has been running in Australia for 3 years now. How did you get involved?
Back in 2012, I watched history being made. Australia created the world’s largest network of marine sanctuaries, protecting some of our most iconic dive sites like Osprey and Bouganville Reefs in the Coral Sea, Lord Howe Island NSW, Geographe Bay and Two Rocks WA.
Divers everywhere responded to our calls to action by sending submissions, lobbying and sharing the news across the globe. It was an exciting moment in history; a renewed optimism for the future of marine sanctuaries worldwide.
A drinks container deposit scheme is to be introduced in NSW within the next few weeks as part of a plan to clean up the state's beaches and parks.
The details of the cash for containers scheme are still being finalised but it is likely to feature a rebate of 10 cents per item.
The NSW Government has been negotiating with the drinks industry to introduce the system and Environment Minister Rob Stokes said similar initiatives had proved highly successful in reducing waste in public spaces around the world.
A once-in-a-decade global forum on parks closed in Sydney on Wednesday calling for an urgent increase in ocean protection and stressing the economic benefits of natural sanctuaries. The World Parks Congress, with representatives from 160 nations, outlined a pathway for achieving a global target to protect at least 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans by 2020.
The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 12 to 19 November, is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come.
Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.
Following rigorous examination of the proposal, Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said there remains a high degree of scientific uncertainty about impacts on the viability of the south-western white shark population.
“At this stage, the available information and evidence does not provide the EPA with a high level of confidence. In view of these uncertainties, the EPA has adopted a cautious approach by recommending against the proposal,” Dr Vogel said.
A major community information and mobilisation campaign has started in Australia in the runup to government decisions about packaging policy. Called ‘Kicking the Can’ the 27 state and national environment groups in the Boomerang Alliance, of which Project AWARE is a member, is calling for governments to stop procrastinating and implement a national container deposit system.