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Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD)

The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) is a professional association of foundation executives and trustees who make environmental grants.  With 60 member foundations, the group focuses on protection of the quality and diversity of life, domestically and internationally.  They promote peer-to-peer learning and the sharing of knowledge among our foundation community.

CGBD's Marine Conservation group aims to save the global oceans and the biodiversity contained therein by strengthening marine conservation grantmaking and providing a vehicle for information sharing, dialogue, strategy development and collaboration among funders.


  • Promote collaboration and cooperation within the marine conservation community
  • Increase collaboration among foundations devoted to addressing the challenge of global marine conservation
  • Increase the level of investment in the field, especially foundation funding
  • Reach out to other foundation networks as well as new funders
  • Identify key entry points and leverage opportunities to advance strategies to address marine conservation


  • Monitor developments on a wide range of marine conservation issues, including (but not limited to) fisheries management reform, establishment of a worldwide network of marine protected areas, reducing the global environmental impacts of mariculture, and promoting a worldwide consumer seafood movement;
  • Educate funders on a wide range of international marine conservation issues, looking for strategic linkages to US domestic issues;
  • Ensure funder coordination and collaboration on long-term strategies to implement the recommendations of the Pew Oceans Commission and the National Oceans Commission;
  • Investigate strategies to improve the effectiveness of public advocacy for the oceans; and
  • Provide an annual update through a survey on the issues and organizations being supported by Program members.


  • Annual winter meeting to educate funders on a variety of marine conservation issues and to investigate opportunities for collaboration;
  • a series of regularly scheduled webinars and conference calls on marine conservation issues; and
  • Other meetings of the Program (or sub-groups) to address strategic collaboration opportunities in a timely manner.