The Blue Climate Initiative is delighted to introduce the final winners of its Community Awards for Ocean Related Climate Solutions! Join us on a sail around the globe to visit these communities and organisations making a difference for People, Ocean and Planet. A total of US$200,000 is being awarded across the 6 organisations below.
In Zanzibar, seaweed farming is an essential livelihood activity, but climate change is increasingly threatening yields. For seaweed producers, 80% of whom are women, working conditions are tough and income uncertain. Sea PoWer is a ground-breaking initiative rethinking seaweed farming to empower them. In partnership with women seaweed farmers, and thanks to a unique approach combining innovation with empowerment, Sea PoWer has developed a new seaweed farming technology – deep-water tubular nets – that has started to transform their lives, support their aspirations and increase the resilience of their farming operations. Thanks to the BCI Community Award for Ocean-Related Climate Solutions, Sea PoWer will extend its support to a larger number of women producers to adopt the tubular net innovation, while increasing their capacities, self-confidence, control and entrepreneurship to overcome marketing bottlenecks, make the most of their harvests, and reconnect with the sea.