Plett Hope Spot!

Plett Hope Spot!

Exciting news ALERT!!

Plettenberg Bay has been selected as one of five of South Africa’s first International Hope Spots and can aspire to be the best Hope Spot in the world. Hope Spots are a global network of identified marine areas, promoted and driven by the global initiative, Mission Blue.  Mission Blue was established through the Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEA), an initiative aimed at exploring and caring for the oceans. Dr. Sylvia Earle, who will launch the Hope Spot here in Plett in December, is a world famous diver, oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer in Residence.

The Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), the South African partner of Mission Blue, together with several Non-Profit and Non-Government Organisations in the Bitou region have started the process of establishing the greater Plettenberg Bay area as an international Hope Spot.

The launch event in December will take place over the evening of the 8th and the morning of the 9th December 2014 on Central Beach. Dr Sylvia Earle and a team from Mission Blue International, along with Dr Tony Ribbink (CEO of SST) and a team from the Sustainable Seas Trust will be hosted by the Plett Hope Spot organising committee. Various public events, including a launch dinner, a plaque unveiling and a series of beach events are planned.

We agree that our beautiful oceans and marine areas need to be recognized world wide as an international hope spot, for the future of our people and our awesome community!!

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