This project builds on our previously funded project that allowed Seafront Environmental, based in Ghana to engage local primary schools and residents to improve the quality of beaches. The purpose of this project is to scale-up the reach of their marine environmental education to target groups further groups such as Senior High School students, local residents and visitors of Cape oast. The project intends to use virtual reality technologies as a tool to tell compelling stories about the current poor local environmental activities that compromise the quality of the marine environment and its associated ecosystems and create the need for improved management. Short films depicting local Ghanaian coastal and marine management issues, filmed using 360 degrees technology, together with films obtained from other areas that depict good management practices will be shown, to make a compelling case for locals to engage in and support good environmental practices.
The project hopes to reshape local perceptions and develop new understanding about the importance of the oceans and the effects of local activities that impacts the oceans negatively. The ultimate aim is to empower the targeted groups to develop strategies to improve the marine environment and contribute to improving the management of the ocean, and thus support the Ocean Conservation Trusts mission of connecting us with our ocean.