Jun 19, 2014

Top award for Plymouth's (Europe-Africa Marine Earth Observation Network (EAMNet)) project.

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MARINE scientists in Plymouth are celebrating after scooping an award for helping African nations to manage their aquatic environments.

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory won the Environment and Conservation category at the 15th Annual Charity Awards for its Europe-Africa Marine Earth Observation Network (EAMNet) project.

The prestigious event was staged at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, and was attended by more than 700 guests including leaders in marine science.

The Charity Awards is Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme organised to identify, recognise and reward organisations carrying out ‘exceptional’ work in all areas of charitable activity.

PML led the EAMNet project, a collaboration linking Earth observation information providers, user networks and centres of excellence in Europe and Africa in the area of coastal and marine observations.

It aims to provide African nations with the resources they need to manage their aquatic environments more effectively and ensure long-term sustainable development in the region, to help in the alleviation of poverty.

Professor Steven de Mora, PML’s chief executive, said: “We are overjoyed to have won the Environment and Conservation category at the Charity Awards.

“To have been short-listed from so many other worthwhile charities was an honour but to win – we are absolutely over the moon.

“We are recognised internationally for our research to help society understand and manage the resources of our global ocean and very proud that this work is considered to have ‘global strategic impact’.

“EAMNet is just one of the many projects where we are sharing our knowledge and expertise with others around the world to help maintain healthy and sustainable seas for the benefit of all.

“Our world-leading science, along with that of other leading marine organisations around Plymouth, truly demonstrates why it’s Britain’s Ocean City.”

Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/award-Plymouth-s-marine-scientists/story-21256190-detail/story.html#4SfT3poCp9KcblGZ.99