June 28, 2022

Bezos Earth Fund awards $50 million for marine protection, research

News Source: Philanthropy News Digest

The Bezos Earth Fund has announced grants totaling $50 million in support of marine conservation and research in the Pacific Ocean.

Announced at the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, the commitment includes $30 million to fund organizations working in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama to strengthen the Eastern Tropical Marine Corridor, a network of marine protected areas covering more than 193,000 square miles. The grants were among those awarded by members of the Connect to Protect Eastern Tropical Pacific Coalition, which will work with governments, local communities, NGOs, and scientists to help establish a regional governance structure; design, and implement marine protected areas and the biosphere reserve; and secure long-term sustainable financing.

The Bezos Earth Fund also awarded $20 million over five years to the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas program in support of efforts to explore, document, and conduct research in the central and western Pacific Ocean.

“The ocean is our planet's life support system and a major carbon sink,” said Bezos Earth Fund president and CEO Andrew Steer. “Investing in the ocean can be a powerful solution to many major challenges. It can protect vital marine ecosystems, provide jobs, help local communities, improve food security, and address climate change. These commitments are the first of many the Bezos Earth Fund will make to support marine protection in this decisive decade.”