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Zara Currimjee against a blue sky and blue water on a sunny day, leaning against a rail, smiling brightly, long black hair, sunglasses on her head
Zara Currimjee, Program Manager, Waitt Institute

Experts agree that 30% of the ocean must be strongly protected to maximize fisheries yield and safeguard marine resources.  Marine Spatial Planning is a valuable tool in global efforts to reach that goal by 2030.

Big Ocean States and 30 x 30
Speaker:  Zara Currimjee, Program Manager, Waitt Institute
Thursday, November 30, 2023
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom (details below)


About the Topic

Experts agree that 30% of the ocean must be strongly protected to maximize fisheries yield and safeguard marine resources. 2030 is the target year given by the United Nations by which we must protect 30% of the world’s ocean space to give our environment a chance to rebuild and thrive. With more nations committing to the global goal of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030, Marine Spatial Planning is a valuable tool for governments and communities to implement these targets and determine the best areas of the ocean to protect. The speaker will share more about how big ocean states are leveraging Marine Spatial Planning to take proactive steps toward safeguarding their marine resources to enhance the wellbeing of their communities and economies.

About the Speaker

Zara Currimjee manages the Waitt Institute’s program in the Federated States of Micronesia, where she works with government and NGO stakeholders to protect their ocean and advance the implementation of Marine Spatial Planning. 

Zara was born and raised in Mauritius, and has always made the ocean a way of life. She has a M.A. in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Williams College. Both her masters and undergraduate studies have propelled her to lead meaningful ocean advocacy work. This includes working for Oceana conducting feasibility studies and fundraising for new offices, campaigning against harmful fisheries subsidies, and most recently managing Oceana’s Office of the CEO. She also produced an award-winning documentary advocating for the first national seasonal fishing closure in Mauritius and led the design of the Waitt Institute’s approach to sustainable finance assessment in Montserrat and Curacao. 

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