okeanos – foundation for the sea
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The Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea was founded in 2007 by Dieter Paulmann, who has been a passionate private underwater filmmaker for nearly 40 years.
The Foundation has made it its task to, above all, promote science and improve the communication of scientific findings, and through this to increase our awareness concerning the various threats our oceans are facing, future challenges, new solutions and positive examples.
The Foundation is now focusing its work and resources on the production of documentaries, as they deem the medium of film to be the most beautiful and effective way to share how much we all are touched by the ocean and its inhabitants and to reveal how important a healthy ocean and sound marine ecosystem is for all of our lives.
Te Mana O Te Moana
The second and maybe even more important focus lies on the planning, financing and implementation of projects that encompass positive change and make a difference, such as the project “Te Mana O Te Moana” – the construction and Pacific crossing of a fleet of traditional Polynesian sailing boats, called “Vaka Moana”, which are driven purely by solar and wind energy.
These Polynesian canoes, built following ancient models, represent the best possible combination of tradition and future, old knowledge and new technologies. They form the basis of a new transport system in the Pacific and help the local people to overcome one of their biggest problems – the poorly functioning transportation system due to high energy costs.
The main concern is also to reconnect the inhabitants of the Pacific to the ocean, to stimulate them to sustainable ways of living, and to open up transportation possibilities, which do not cause CO2 accumulation. It is in concrete projects like this that the Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea sees its meaning and purpose.
Okeanos – Stiftung für das Meer / Foundation for the Sea
Auf der Marienhoehe 17, D-64297 Darmstadt
Tel: +49 6151 307670
Fax: +49 6151 3076720