Winners of the OceanLove Innovation Award 2024!


Winners of the OceanLove Innovation Award 2024!

Winners of the OceanLove Innovation Award 2024! 1000 701 Ocean Decade

The Hague, June 20th, 2024 – The moment we’ve all been eagerly anticipating is finally here! The winners of the inaugural OceanLove Innovation Award 2024 were unveiled yesterday, 19th June, in a spectacular ceremony at the Oceanovation Festival, The Hague.

The submitted ideas were assessed based on several criteria including originality, impact, reach and feasibility. Out of 85 applications from 38 countries, the panel of judges, chaired by Sian Owen, Executive Director of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, selected the Top 5 winners which were submitted from Brazil, Colombia, Morocco and South Africa.

During the ceremony, the awards were handed by keynote speaker Liz Taylor, president of marine technology company DOER Marine, and daughter of legendary, world-renowned marine biologist and oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle.

Now it’s time to meet the innovative ideas that made it to Top5 and of course the #1 Winner!

Winner #5: “Guardians of the Sacred Waters” by Tom Wheeler, Treesistance (Brazil)

Awarded grant: 1,000 Euro

Guardians of the Sacred Waters is a new Indigenous led protection and prevention model, coordinated between the European Crime prevention team and the leaders of the Lower Tapajos. The initiative is an expansion of a previous award winning pilot project on protecting the forests, which now aims to apply the tested approach to safeguarding the river ecosystem of the precious water territories in the Amazon. Using a blend of traditional wisdom and modern technology, they are taking a stand against water-based environmental crimes.

Winner #4: “Alternative fuels from seaweed” by Johannes Bochdalofsky, SeaH4 (South Africa)

Awarded grant: 2,500 Euro

Johannes Bochdalofsky proposed an innovative solution using seaweed and green hydrogen to produce alternative fuels at scale. This sustainable approach not only tackles climate change but also brings economic opportunities to rural coastal communities. A win for the planet and its people. The judges found this innovation to be a well substantiated plan of action for conducting a pilot and when fully realized it would address the area of ocean acidification which is a major threat to the ocean ecosystem, while also fueling the local economy in South Africa.

Winner #3: “SeaSprout” by Uriel Sanchez (Colombia)

Awarded grant: 2,500 Euro

Uriel Sanchez’s project, SeaSprout, involves transforming areas of the continental shelf affected by decades of trawling through artificial rhodolith beds. This initiative harnesses the power of circular economy and provides the means of permanently fixing carbon through the calcification of coralline algae, fostering biodiversity and improving the fish environment. Taking a research based approach, SeaSprout’s goal is to implement an innovation for both biodiversity enhancement (restore the local ecosystem) and climate (facilitate carbon storage).

Winner #2: “Charlas El Océano” by Gabriela Casuso, Proyecto Acuática (Colombia)

Awarded grant: 5,000 Euro

Sixteen-year-old Gabriela Casuso submitted her innovative idea, Charlas El Océano: an educational program promoting oceanic culture, marine life protection, and instilling ocean awareness in children and adolescents. The initiative is part of her project Proyecto Acuática which she founded when she was only 10 years old and consists of educational and allusive programs, reflexive videos and games, that aim to plant ocean awareness in new generations. Indeed, as the founder states: “Because children can change the world too.”

Winner #1: “Chbika: the micro-waste tool” by Saad Abid (Morocco)

Awarded grant: 10,000 Euro

Inspired by the need to combat one of the most pressing threats to our oceans, Chbika is a practical and effective tool designed to capture micro-waste from our beaches. The project offers a simple and accessible solution to local communities and environmental protection organizations and raises awareness amongst the beach goers and volunteers. According to the assessment of the panel of judges, the Chbika scored highly on the criteria of originality, impact, positivity, location, feasibility and sustainability, as they recognised that not only is it an effective tool for extracting micro waste, it also fulfills a function for education about the cause of marine pollution. Chbika is also easy to replicate in other countries and regions, and is therefore easy to scale-up.

Invitation to the media

The OceanLove team, with its growing number of partners and donors, believes that there are countless bright minds around the world, and that it’s time we start mobilizing them and shine a positive spotlight on any potential extraordinary ideas. Over the next few years, the OceanLove Innovation Award will mobilize more participants, brainpower and inspiring results to continue to empower more OceanLovers around the world and turn the tide towards a healthier home for all of us and for future generations to come.

We invite you to support this unique project by spreading the word, and giving these wonderful ideas the recognition they deserve.

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