It is often said that “everything returns to the sea.” For many people all over the world, they never left.
Millions of people in the coastal communities of countries from Indonesia to the United States to Ecuador and many more rely on ocean resources for their food, livelihoods and homes. Resources such as fish to eat or popular animals like whales to attract tourists must be managed carefully and sustainably.
But fish and whales don’t respect national boundaries. That can make effective management and preservation a challenge when different countries are connected to the same area of sea.
That’s why Conservation International pioneered the Seascape approach, which brings together interested groups with a common goal: to protect a vital area of the sea. These coalitions include governments, communities and the private sector — and often CI.