With the recent closing of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly and the Our Ocean 2018 conference coming up at the end of the month in Bali, we are focusing this newsletter on the goals set forth at the highest level for our sector. We present the resources below for your consideration and to help you align your work with these broader currents.
An important reminder: Foundation funding for ocean conservation is still less than 1 percent and is the least funded of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is hard to imagine given all the known needs and general trends.
But, before we jump into preparation for the Our Ocean 2018 conference, it might also be helpful to remind ourselves about the progress made since 2017. So far, 1,406 of commitments have been registered by a variety of public and private actors. This report provides an analysis of the voluntary commitments to date.
And now onto our conference prep. We have organized the resources below by the areas of action for the conference. We hope these will be useful to you, especially as you prepare for Bali. If you are already working on any of these areas but don’t see your work reflected below, please share your knowledge and we will load it!
According to the Atlas of Marine Protection, "only 3.8 percent of the world’s ocean is protected in implemented and actively managed marine protected areas." Almost 40 funders have made grants to support Marine Protected Areas, with the Oak Foundation taking a strong lead giving over $9 million since 2009. For additional information and the latest news on this topic, visit our resource center.
The EBM Toolbox: New tools, resources, and initiatives for dealing with the effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems and communities
The Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch continue to be thought leaders in the sustainable fishing policy and practices. The Global Fishing Watch founded by Google, Skytruth, and Oceana in 2014, and launched in September 2016, has helped usher in a new era in fisheries management and market accountability.
In case you missed our June newsletter, we focused it entirely on plastic pollution and how funders are working on Raising Awareness, Research, Regulation and Policy, Reducing and Recycling, and Restoring Oceans and Beaches.
LitterBase: Summarizes results from 1,270 scientific studies in understandable global maps and figures and opens scientific knowledge on marine litter to the public .
Sustainable Blue Economy
According to the World Bank, the blue economy is the "sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem." They offer this interesting infographic depicting the crosscutting themes in this ecosystem. In 2017, the World Bank issued this report to suggest both a common understanding of the blue economy and highlight next steps in its implementation.
Also, be sure to check out the World Ocean Summit 2019 coming up March 5th–7th 2019 in Abu Dhabi. This conference will be focused on developing the most effective action to build a sustainable ocean economy.