18 / 11 / 2016
Free bilingual mobile application for children "THE GUARDIAN OF THE SEA"
Encouraging environmental education and early language learning
Morigenos – the Slovenian Society for Marine Mammals in cooperation with MINI POLIGLOTINI created a bilingual mobile app for early language learning with educational content on protecting the seas and marine animals. It is a free application for mobile phones or tablets with the Android system and is available on Google Play
The application consists of the fairytale The Guardian of the Sea concerning the incredible experience of a boy named Oti and his marine friends – a seal, a turtle, a whale, and dolphin, and an educational part in which children learn about the species that appear in the fairytale. The story takes place on the islands of Hawaii, which are extremely rich in natural and cultural heritage, yet at the same time very much threatened by the negative impact of human activity.
The purpose of the app is to use the fairytale to raise children’s awareness of the threats to marine mammals and how we can help them. The app also promotes the importance of protecting nature generally. In addition, the application allows children to become familiar or even learn a foreign language as the content can be read and listened to in both Slovenian and English. The narrations were all recorded by native speakers.
The app is currently available in the Slovenian and English languages, although in the future it will also be available in other world languages. The multilingual content allows intercultural cooperation and raising public awareness about the importance of nature protection and early language learning. This can create opportunities for future international projects between children or between environmental organizations from different countries and cultural backgrounds. The app is also intended for preschool children and children in the first three grades of primary school in Slovenia, as well as neighboring countries and beyond.
The project is partly financially supported by the U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia, with the NGO Small Grants Program. The idea for the app was envisaged by Mojca Stubelj Ars, PhD in Environmental Science, that creates multilingual books and applications for children to bring them closer to nature protection. Mojca carried out a part of her PhD thesis in Hawaii, where she was fascinated by marine animals, and thus created the fairytale Guardian of the Sea. The illustrations were created by the renowned Slovenian illustrator and academically trained painter Polona Lovšin, while the app was developed by the Slovenian group Proxima.
The mobile app is available for free in the hope of reaching as many users who will understand the importance of protecting the seas, wildlife, and nature through the app’s contents. It is currently available for the Android system and will soon also be available in the Apple Store.
18 / 11 / 2016
Mare Nostrum Network Workshop focusing on reducing marine litter
Last week Morigenos attended a Mare Nostrum Network workshop, which took place in the coastal town of La Herradura in Spain. The purpose of the workshop was to find funding sources for various projects that will contribute to the protection of the Mediterranean Sea. This time the focus was on reducing marine litter. NGO representatives from Israel, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Slovenia presented the biggest challenges in each country in this field and then went in search of solutions that would be effective for the entire Mediterranean. In addition to plastic bags, other small plastic litter and fishing gear a particularly acute problem are cigarette butts, discarded by smokers on the beaches. As a part of the MARNOBA project presentation, which developed a management protocol of marine litter on the beaches of the Spanish coast, we performed a short clean-up of the near-by (cleaned) sandy beach – in an area of only 450 m2 we collected more than 2,000 cigarette butts.
The Mare Nostrum Network aims to serve as a support platform for civil society organizations involved in coastal and marine conservation in the Mediterranean. It was created in 2014 within the framework of the Mare Nostrum project; a cross-border EU-funded project exploring new ways of protecting and managing the Mediterranean coastline within the Barcelona Convention and the Protocol on Integrated Coastline Zone Management (ICZM). Project ended in 2015, but the network continues with its work.
24 / 10 / 2016
66th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission
The 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission
(IWC) kicked-off in Portorož today, hosted by the Republic of Slovenia.
In addition to some 400 delegates from the IWC member states from around the world, many non-governmental organisations from the field of whale conservation are also participating. Morigenos, as a Slovenian non-governmental organization studying whales and dolphins along the Slovenian coast and in the northern Adriatic, is participating in various accompanying events such as the meeting of the IWC Conservation Committee, while the president of Morigenos Tilen Genov is also a member of the IWC Scientific Committee. As part of the meeting, Morigenos organised a photographic exhibition on dolphins in the Gulf of Trieste. This year the delegates received a special gift from Slovenia, a collection of special post stamps “Dolphins and whales of the northern Adriatic”, prepared by Morigenos.
This year's conference will be held in the light of the 30th anniversary of the ban on commercial whaling. The moratorium, which was adopted in 1986, is a great success story and has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of whales worldwide. It is therefore vital that the moratorium is maintained and that it is also fully respected. Other threats to whales and dolphins, such as ship strikes, by-catch, underwater noise, chemical pollution and marine litter, will also be at the forefront of the discussions.
14 / 10 / 2016
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6 / 10 / 2016
Morigenos in Slovenian Magazine show
During our summer research camps we were visited by the Slovenian Magazine show crew from TV Slovenia. We spent an interesting day together, which you can see on Friday, 7 October 2016, at 17:30 on TV Slovenia 1.
Slovenian Magazine is a mosaic show in English and German. It presents current events in Slovenia, its cultural and historical heritage, attractive features of the landscape, and economic and tourist potential. Slovenian Magazine is mainly intended for foreign countries, as well as for Slovenians living around the world.
After being broadcasted on television the show is available for viewing here
European viewers can watch the show over a satellite that carries the TV Slovenia signal. The English version is on Channel 25 WNYE in New York every other Sunday at 2.00 p.m. The show is regularly broadcast by the educational programme SCOLA in the USA and the European satellite EbS. Slovenian Magazine is also part of the multicultural programme in Sydney, Melbourne and Buenos Aires. The show is also broadcast in Italian by Koper Capodistria, while individual topics appear on Euronews as well. The German version is on 3 SAT every other Monday.