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Indigenous peoples and the ocean in Africa

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Knowledge of indigenous peoples in Namibia, Ghana and South Africa contributes to a sustainable blue economy.

Published on 27 June 2022, this video focuses on the importance of listening to coastal communities and incorporating their knowledge in ocean governance for a sustainable future. The video highlights the challenges faced by different communities in various locations:

The Topnaar people, the original inhabitants of the central Namibian coast, have deep emotional and cultural connections to the ocean. Their knowledge can contribute to a sustainable blue economy.

Small-scale fishing communities in Ghana face declining fish stocks due to over-exploitation, illegal fishing, pollution, and rising sea temperatures. The customary norms of these communities can play a role in promoting more sustainable fisheries.

Small-scale fishers in South Africa express concerns about the impacts of gas and oil explorations on marine life and their ocean culture and livelihoods. They emphasize the need to be included in decisions regarding the ocean and their contributions to the fight against climate change.

Throughout the video, there is a call for integrated governance, inclusive participation, and the recognition of indigenous and local knowledge as essential components of effective ocean management. The goal is to address the threats posed by climate change, overfishing, plastic pollution, and other pressures, emphasizing the significance of sustainable practices for the well-being of both the ocean and the planet as a whole.