Project AWARE

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Project AWARE® is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers. With a mission to connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation, Project AWARE brings together a dedicated team of individuals around the world who share a passion for ocean protection and adventure to secure real and direct environmental victories. Project AWARE provides the tools and inspiration for their global community to take action with both fins on and fins off and works to link those actions to policy – driving towards a vision for a return to a clean, healthy ocean.

Project AWARE is a registered non-profit organization with offices in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A.


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As the world prepares to take action for the Sustainable Development Goals,  Project AWARE®, together with PADI® - the world's leading scuba diver training organization - is mobilizing the global dive community to be citizen activists for a clean ocean during the second annual AWARE Week, 14-22 September.  In celebration of Life Below Water - the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal focused on the ocean - this year's AWARE Week theme is Building Bridges. AWARE Week 2019 will strive to build bridges between community action and policy change by encouraging the global dive community to submit Dive Against Debris® data to help paint an accurate picture of the marine debris issue. Through Dive Against Debris, volunteer divers’ surveys capture quantitative data specific to marine debris found on the seabed yielding insight on the effects and extent to which our everyday trash is infiltrating the marine environment. Although it’s believed that over 70% of marine debris that enters the ocean ends up on the seafloor, little quantitative information is available regarding the types and quantities of this rubbish. Dive Against Debris data aims to fill this gap – providing quantitative data, and an accurate perspective about underwater marine debris, that policy-makers simply cannot ignore. Data submitted during #Act4SDGs Week,  AWARE Week and year-round goes towards reaching Project AWARE's ambitious goals to reach the next million pieces of debris added to Project AWARE's unique global Dive Against Debris dataset by the end of 2020. Data matters. #Act4SDGS and Dive Against Debris to be part of the solution. Download the AWARE Week Toolkit: Add or search for AWARE Week actions happening near you:
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Launching this #Act4SDGs Week, 20-30 Sept 2019, Project AWARE's new interactive infographic illustrates and maps how conservation goals for a clean and healthy ocean, including underwater citizen science action, support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Project AWARE®’s conservation strategy for a return to a Clean and Healthy Ocean, including underwater citizen science programs like Dive Against Debris®, is in alignment with the SDGs in a number of target areas.” says Ian Campbell, Project AWARE Associate Director Policy and Campaigns. “This new interactive infographic - Achieving a Sustainable Future - highlights those areas and Project AWARE’s commitment to supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as highlighting how an individual’s participation in our citizen science program contributes to global conservation targets.” As marine debris not only impacts the underwater world but also our health, the economy, natural resources, and food security, the data collected through Dive Against Debris®, Project AWARE’s flagship citizen science program, provides essential quantitative and qualitative information that countries can use to show progress towards achieving the SDGs.  Project AWARE’s new infographic clearly maps the 17 SDGs and identifies which targets are relevant to Project AWARE’s Clean and Healthy Ocean Strategy to increase collaboration with country leaders and support their nations’ tracking and implementation of the 17 SDGs.  “Being a scientifically grounded citizen science survey of seafloor marine debris, Dive Against Debris® provides a sound metric through which nations can track their progress towards achieving a number of different targets across the SDGs including but not limited to SDG14 - Life Below Water.” comments Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Project AWARE Policy Specialist. “Additionally, having a standardized survey protocol and streamlined data reporting through the Dive Against Debris app, nations can implement regular marine debris surveys to monitor their marine environment.”  Project AWARE is prioritizing engagement with governments from some of the top 5 plastic leakage countries as defined in the research completed by Jambeck et al., 2015 as well as Thailand where sound data has already been reported through Dive Against Debris®.   The New Infographic also illustrates and highlights how we can all be part of the solution and together achieve a sustainable future for people and our blue planet.  Dive into Project AWARE’s new Achieving a Sustainable Future Infographic and if you’re a scuba diver, make #EveryDiveASurveyDive to positively support your country or countries you’re visiting in achieving the 169 targets set by the United Nations for a more sustainable future.
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2 Zero Hunger 3 Good Health & Well-Being 6 Clean Water & Sanitation 8 Decent work and economic growth 12 Responsible Consumption & Production 14 Life Below Water 15 Life on Land 17 Partnerships for the Goals