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Paramaribo, 4 June 2013

 Mini Film Festival about the Oceans from 7-9 June 

Paramaribo – In the weekend of 7 to 9 June a mini film festival will be held around World Oceans Day on the 8th of June and the celebration of the birthday of Jacques-Yves Cousteau on the 11th of June having as theme the Ocean. For this purpose Green Heritage Fund Suriname (GHFS) and TBL Cinemas work together with WWF Guianas and the French Embassy, and have the cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV) and the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). The protection of the ocean remains an important theme of the GHFS considering the crucial role the oceans play in sustaining life on earth. 

Oceans weekend begins on the 7th of June with the film “ The End of the Line” an impressive film chosen together with WWF Guianas about the far-reaching consequences of over-fishing. The oceans, the biodiversity it harnesses, and its health are also essential for humans, as 1 billion people depend on the proteins supplied by health ecosystems. Both WWF Guianas and the Ministry of LVV subscribe to the importance of making fisheries in our waters and those of the three Guianas more sustainable. It is also crucial in the opinion of the GHFS that parts of our coastal waters are designated as marine protected areas, so that the fish stocks will not be exhausted and are given the opportunity to restore themselves. Overfishing is the single largest threat to a healthy and productive marine ecosystem. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations over 75% of the fish stocks in the world are now fully exploited, overfished or depleted. (The FAO also states that fish and fisheries products are among the most traded global food commodities, with trading volumes and values that reached new heights in 2011.)

On the 8th of June, World Oceans Day itself, the film Planet Ocean will be screened offered by the French Embassy in Suriname. This film of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a well-known French cinematographer, and Michael Pitiot takes the viewer on a incredible journey into the least visited parts of our planet. The beautiful images show us the most marvelous and also the most terrifying human experiences. The film is also a plea for humanity to respect the world in which we live. The oceans make up 70% of the surface of our planet. More than 97% of al water on our planet is either salt or brackish water. This film shows by excellence this aspect of our planet. 

On the 9th of June Dolphins and Whales will be screened from Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the well-known Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who follows in his fathers steps with this film. The film shows us the life of dolphins and whales with spectacular images taking us into the underwater world in which these animals have to survive. From humpback whales to orcas, we are given the opportunity to experience their underwater perspective. This film is in view of the dolphin programme of the GHFS an important film for the foundation, which wishes to put these endangered animals species in the lime light. Mitigation measures when conducting human activities in their environment and protection of these endangered animal species is what the GHFS asks your attention for. 

The lobby of TBL Cinemas will this weekend also highlight the oceans theme with imagery from Suriname. Amazing pictures will be displayed of the Surinamese coast and the birds that inhabit it, the Guiana dolphins, sea turtles, fisheries, tourism and mangrove forests. The message this weekend on our way to celebrating the 11th of June 2013 is that we can still save the ocean if measures are taken now to promote integrated management of marine and coastal zones. This could include establishing marine protected areas, as well as protected areas along the coast and making land-based pollution manageable. Mangrove ecosystems need to be protected, as they are important as nurseries and to protect our coast and the human settlements along our coast. 

The joint partners invite everyone to come and enjoy these spectacular films and everyone to wear their red cap on the 11th of June to help spread the message why the ocean is important for humankind 

Date: 7, 8 and 9 June 2013

Location: TBL Cinemas, Lalla Rookhweg 79

Time: Friday 18:30


Saturday 19:15


Sunday 19:30

Tickets: Free (2 tickets per person at most, to be collected from TBL Cinemas at Lalla Rookhweg 79)

The Green Heritage Fund's vision is to create a society of people who consciously work for continued improvement of their environment, and promote a green, clean and healthy Suriname. The Green Heritage Fund Suriname is a charitable foundation that was set up in Suriname in October 2005. The foundation was established to fund activities that help promote the green image and cultural heritage of Suriname. 

With the support of:

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