Working in Mozambique, Marne Megafauna will use their grant to produce authentic VR-films that allow viewers to develop empathy for marine life and to recognize the value of marine ecosystems, by experiencing them with their very own eyes. The VR films will make the beauty of Mozambique’s marine ecosystems and creatures accessible to stakeholders, communities and educators around the world. In biodiverse locations, such as the Bazaruto Archipelago, the team will capture reefs, sharks, rays and whales with a 360° camera.
These VR-films feature local community leaders, scientists and conservationists allowing for an authentic storyline, supported by narration and music. In Mozambique the films will be shown to key stakeholders (school children, community leaders, park rangers, coast guard). Particularly in communities where MMF is already engaging stakeholders in ocean education programmes the VR films will be used to enhance learning experiences. Combining traditional learning approaches with this new form of experiential learning will increase the ability of educators to nurture knowledge and empathy among learners.