Ocean Revolution Moçambique
Ocean Revolution Moçambique has been revitalizing the ways that the Indigenous Peoples of Inhambane Bay have coexisted with the sea; to find, mentor and network new activists; and to protect and honor the ocean as a source of wealth. This organization preserves and protects vital mangrove and seagrass habitats in the Inhambane Bay using historical Indigenous practices. One is the Mozambican concept of "Mukhedzisseli” or practical wisdom, cultural and spiritual rules passed from generation to generation to set the relationship between human beings and nature.
By empowering local community members to be certified divers, facilitating environmental education programs, and supporting local women to pursue higher education in marine conservation, they have developed an inclusive, nature-based economy in this critical ecosystem in coastal Mozambique. For example, Bitonga Divers and Ocean Revolution support students to pursue a Master’s in Marine Biology and Coastal Management at the prestigious Eduardo Mondlane University. Through their work, the initiative has bridged modern science and community traditional knowledge to effectively create jobs in marine science and tourism that restore Inhambane Bay.
Equator Prize Winner: 2022
Year of establishment: 2011
Location: Inhambane, Mozambique
Ecosystem: Oceans and coasts