Contact Person: Iwona Gin
Role: Project partner
Réseau Océan Mondial, known in English as World Ocean Network (WON), is an international non-profit organisation mobilised during the International Year of the Ocean in 1998 under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It was officially set up in 2006 as a result of the 2nd and 3rd International Meetings “Acting Together for the Future of the Blue Planet.”
The World Ocean Network assembles about 350 organizations worldwide, out of which 70-80 are in Europe: aquaria, zoos, educational organizations, science centres, natural history museums, media, and NGOs. They reach millions of people every year.
WON promotes BLUE SOCIETY, a vision based on the idea that many societal needs and challenges can be met by responsible management of marine resources and ecosystem services, development of innovative technologies and products generating employment and economic resources, and a cultural appropriation of these objectives by citizens in a spirit of sustainability, well-being and equity. The Blue Society takes into account the needs of our planet’s inhabitants today and the imperative to preserve the means of subsistence for the generations to come, especially the resources and services provided by the ocean. It encourages political leaders and citizens alike to take an active role in ocean stewardship and includes all stakeholders in implementing solutions to critical issues affecting the world’s oceans and coasts.
Some World Ocean Network members in Latin America and West Africa may be associated as third parties with Horizon 2020 projects. Their participation is especially relevant in terms of knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer. WON dedicated chapter in Latin America is able to liaise with other South American countries on the Atlantic coast, disseminate the project outcomes and give feedback on the project results from the Latin American point of view. WON West African partner organisations located on the Atlantic coast are eligible to take part in the knowledge transfer as well. The participation of WON member organisations across the Atlantic and in the Southern hemisphere will give the project an innovative dimension.
Key Personnel Involved:
Dr. Francisco J. Franco del Amo has been the President of World Ocean Network since December 2013. From 1990 to 1992 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Nutley, New Jersey, USA. Upon his return to Spain, he joined the University of Santiago de Compostela as Associated Researcher (1992-1994) and Assistant Professor (1994-1996). In 1995 he joined the technical team in the Museos Científicos Coruñeses (www.casaciencias.org ) where he took on different positions. He was part of the museology team who designed the Aquarium Finisterrae and of the group of technicians who directed its setup. Since 2002 he has been the Technical Director of the Aquarium Finisterrae.
Dr. Paul Van den Sande has held the position of WON Secretary since 2006. He started as a Curator at the Antwerp Zoo Aquarium in 1963, and pursued his career as General Curator at the department of Zoology (1984 -1993), and then as the Operations Manager of the Antwerp Zoo (1993-2000). In 1972 he became a founding member of the European Union of Aquarium Curators and was elected Secretary in 1980. He has been member of the Steering Committee to the International Aquarium Congresses since 1988. From 1984 to 2004 as a Permanent member, he sat on the Belgian Scientific Authority on CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species) and was a member of the Belgian Delegation (Scientific authority) to the Conference of the Parties to Cites to represent Belgium. As President, he sat on the Scientific Working Group of the European Commission DGxi to Cites in the EU from 1989-1994. In 2000 as Executive director of the European Union of Aquarium Curators he has been in charge of managing the International Aquarium Forums (IAF).
Manuel Cira is Head of Cultural Activities and International Partnerships, Nausicaá, France.
He holds degrees in law, languages, communication, and a European Certificate of Cultural Projects. With Nausicaá since the opening in 1991 Manuel started the cultural and educational activities and now manages a team creating exhibits and awareness activities. He is Director of the World Ocean Network, Coordinator of EU funded projects such as DG Research Science in Society funded projects ‘Oceanics’ and ‘Sea for Society’ MMLAP, and cross-border projects (UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France). Manuel is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.
Philippe Vallette is General Manager and Scientific Director of Nausicaa, Boulogne sur mer, France. He led the conception and creation of Nausicaá. He holds a MSc in Animal Biology; MSc in Oceanography. Phillippe is also the Co-founder and Co-chair of the World Ocean Network, Chair of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands. He is a co-author of “Atlas of the Ocean” (Autrement, 2007), “Madagascar, l’Île Océan” (Autrement, Nausicaá, Mare Nostrum Editions, 2009), “Secrets des abysses” (Fleurus, 2009), “Les grands explorateurs” (Fleurus, 2010), and “Îles pionnières” (Actes Sud, 2012).
Christine Causse has held the position of Scientific Advisor in Nausicaá since 2004. She has a MSc in Oceanography and MSc in Communication and Management. She was Scientific Councilor for the Cousteau Society and the Ocean Futures Society from 1987 to 2003 in the USA and France. She is the author of «L’Encyclopédie de la Mer » (Fleurus, 2003), “Peuples du monde” (Fleurus, 2006), and « Chaud! Les menaces du réchauffement climatique » (Mango, 2007). Co-author with Philippe Vallette and Jean-Michel Cousteau of “Atlas de l’océan mondial”, (Autrement, 2007), with Philippe Vallette of: “Madagascar, l’Île Océan” (Autrement, Nausicaá, Mare Nostrum Editions, 2009), “Secrets des abysses” (Fleurus, 2009), “Les Grands explorateurs” (Fleurus, 2010), and “Islands of Promise” (Actes Sud, 2012).
Iwona Gin is Deputy Coordinator of Cultural and International Activities, Nausicaá. She holds MA Foreign Languages, MA in International Relations, MSc in Strategy and Management, and PRINCE2 Certificate (Projects In a Controlled Environment). She worked as interpreter, sworn translator and teacher from 1988 to 1996 in Poland and France. In Nausicaa since 1997, she has been involved in building international partnerships, managing six European projects, implementing international communication campaigns and tools, organising international events (workshops and seminars, conferences and exhibitions), and in managing the non-profit World Ocean Network. She has been member of the coordinating team of Sea for Society MMLAP.