Mundus Maris, Science and Art for sustainability

World Ocean Day 2016 Programme

Healthy Planet, Healthy Ocean – Participate to the Mundus Maris contest for the World Ocean Day 2016- Inspirational text on the United Nations motto for the World Ocean Day 2016. We are waiting for your artistic work on the Ocean (written and/or audiovisual), from all over the world.

Extended deadline: May 7th 2016, midnight (Brussels hour)

Challenge: Tell a story by answering one of these two questions:

  • Why is a Healthy Ocean essential to have a Healthy planet?
  • How can we take care of the Ocean Health?

Format (maximum size): Text: PDF,JPG in high definition or in Wordformat (1000 words max, with or without pictures, three pages DIN A4 max)

Age: 3 different categories: until 12, from 13 to 18, from 19 to 24 years old.

Video: post your video on Youtube (maximum 4 minutes) and give the link with the copy authorization
– Only one age category of 24 years old.

Language: English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Participate and send your work to:

Special price Bluefin Tuna – 300 Euros
Sea Lion price – 200 Euros
Turtle price – 100 EurosJury can also decide to add some prices to reward other work.
Shark price – 50 Euros
Encouragement price Samba et Kumba – 30 Euros.
Sustainable Ocean price for the best video– 500 Euros.

Best works will be published in an e-book (open acces) to inspire others to get to know the Ocean. Each member will receive an individual “honor diploma” to thank him for the efforts he has given for this World Ocean Day.

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Our mission

To provide scientific and relevant indigenous knowledge and encourage artistic expression about the sea in order to promote its restoration, conservation and sustainable use, to further the study, understanding and respect of aquatic ecosystems and associated biological and cultural diversity.

Who we are?

We are scientists, artists, school teachers, concerned parents from different regions of the world, joining forces to promote transitions towards sustainability values and practices as well as human and dignified lives.

The objectives of the Initiative

  • To make accessible to non-specialists scientifically validated knowledge [including ‘ethno-scientific’ knowledge] in ways that facilitate critical engagement and encourage active use of such knowledge for the transition towards sustainability.
  • To encourage artistic expression in response to scientific knowledge reflecting diverse ways of ‘knowing’ and articulating such knowledge.
  • To enable social networking and appropriation of knowledge for understanding marine and coastal ecosystems on one hand and marine cultures on the other.
  • To support the development of international cooperation among schools and other entities centered on education, acquisition, valuation and sharing of knowledge and associated activities.
  • To encourage the development of didactic tools for education and self-training.
  • To provide a repository for accumulating and sharing information, knowledge and experience about initiatives and activities in the public domain.
  • To give exposure to works of students and other people involved with the pursuit of knowledge of the sea through exhibitions and other forms of audio-visual and written expression.
  • To encourage and promote the valuation of fishing communities’ social capital and cultural heritage in pursuit of sustainable relations with the sea and the coast, including through exhibitions and other forms of communication.


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