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Now 10 years old, the seascapes approach — which builds coalitions to sustainably manage large marine regions — has been applied in four seascapes, covering over 100 marine protected areas and the surrounding waters.

A seascape is a network of marine protected areas, typically large, multiple-use marine areas, where governments, private organizations and other key stakeholders work together to conserve the diversity and abundance of marine life and promote human well-being.



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EditCaption Title:Create enabling conditions through legal frameworks
EditCaption Description:Seascapes generate an enabling framework of laws, conventions, regulations and policies that facilitate marine conservation at local, national and regional scales.
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EditImage Alt Text:Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia.
EditCaption Title:Create enabling conditions through adequate institutions
EditCaption Description:Seascapes build adequate institutional frameworks and capacity, including personnel, infrastructure, and equipment, to make marine governance structures (governmental, commercial and civil) work effectively and efficiently.
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EditCaption Title:Create enabling conditions through social and political support
EditCaption Description:Seascapes increase the social and political viability of marine conservation as an integral part of sustainable development, and they build broad support at all scales, from stakeholders in local marine managed areas to natural leaders.
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EditImage Alt Text:Scuba diving in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)
EditCaption Title:Build effective management through private sector engagement
EditCaption Description:Seascapes promote convergence between conservation and development by linking the viability and profitability of major economic activities with sustainable management of the ecosystem.
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EditImage Alt Text:Phoenix Islands Protected Area
EditCaption Title:Build effective management through ecosystem-based management
EditCaption Description:Seascapes advance large-scale management of marine ecosystems and species through the use of multidisciplinary scientific information to inform effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
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EditCaption Title:Build effective management through sustainable financing and market mechanisms
EditCaption Description:Seascapes strive to be financially sustainable, with funding portfolios that are stable, diverse, and large enough to implement all priority marine conservation activities.
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EditImage Alt Text:Abrolhos National Park, Bahia, Brazil
EditCaption Title:Generate outcomes through maintenance and restoration of priority habitats and ecosystems
EditCaption Description:Seascapes maintain or restore critical habitats and ecosystems so that ecological processes and ecosystem services are sustained.
EditPhoto Credit:© Luciano Candisani/iLCP
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EditImage Alt Text:Sea turtle in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area
EditCaption Title:Generate outcomes through threatened species recovery
EditCaption Description:Seascapes reverse declining population trends for threatened marine species.
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EditImage Alt Text:Local fishermen launch their boat at Valu Beach, in Nino Konis Santana National Park.
EditCaption Title:Generate outcomes through human well-being benefits
EditCaption Description:Seascapes improve the social, economic, and cultural well-being of human communities dependent of marine and coastal resources and ecosystems.
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Our role

CI is working to build coalitions among governments, communities and the private sector to improve ocean management at scale. The seascape approach is under continual development, drawing on the collective practical experience and expertise of the many people and groups that have been a part of the program’s development since 2004. Working with local partners in eight countries, we have been instrumental in improving management in four seascapes:

The seascapes model aims to tangibly improve ecological and socioeconomic outcomes. This requires a flexible approach to implementation that includes long-term commitment and capacity building as key components. Working with coalitions of partners enables more resources to be mobilized, creates teams built of complementary strengths and fortifies these institutions.



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EditItem Text:Marine ecosystems and the species that flourish within them have fluid boundaries, and management of such areas is not easy. Seascapes are areas large enough to encompass work at multiple levels of governance, but not too large to manage effectively. CI effectively merges community-based conservation with end goals known as “The 9 Essential Elements of a Functional Seascape.” A clearly defined approach with social support increases the likelihood of conservation success.
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EditItem Text:Coastal communities rely upon marine resources for their livelihoods. Recognizing the strong interdependence of ecological, social, economic and institutional perspectives, CI and partners incorporate sustainable practices — both traditional and modern — into the design of integrated solutions to ecological issues. Maintaining or improving the health of coasts allows governments, communities and local organizations to think holistically about a sustainable development path, instead of reacting to immediate problems regardless of longer-term impacts.
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EditItem Title:Cultivating a sense of shared commitment
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EditItem Text:Bridging the knowledge gap between science and policy fosters collaboration. CI works with local champions and government officials to build communication platforms that allow an exchange of information, empowering communities, institutions and governments to work together and value their marine resources.
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EditImage Alt Text:Wayag Lagoon, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
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EditSubtitle:Working with 150 partners, 5.3 million hectares of sea have been protected and 21.8 million hectares strengthened.
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    EditSection Title:Bird’s Head Seascape
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    EditImage Description:Wayag Lagoon, Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia
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    EditSection Title:Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape
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    EditImage Description:Fish swimming in Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Central America.
    EditText:CI and local partners have contributed to the creation or expansion of both fully protected national parks and marine reserves, and multiple use marine management areas within the coastal Pacific waters of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador.
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    EditSection Title:Abrolhos Seascape
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    EditText:The Abrolhos Seascape, located off the central coast of Brazil, boasts the highest marine biodiversity in the Southern Atlantic. Through engagements with the local fishing communities, CI works with local partners and the government of Brazil to protect critical areas of biodiversity and promote small-scale sustainable fisheries.
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    EditSection Title:Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape
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    EditText:The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape is home to diverse ecosystems, including coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests. New species are still regularly discovered, and reef fish and sharks, sea turtles and manta rays are among the charismatic animals that bring joy and inspiration to coastal communities and tourists alike.
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    EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on CI’s Seascapes program delivered to your inbox.
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    EditNewsletter Confirmation Message Text:We can't protect the planet without your support​.
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    EditTitle:Pacific Oceanscape
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    EditImage Alt Text:Aerial view, Bora Bora. © Rodolphe Holler

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    EditImage Alt Text:Scientists set a camera trap. © Benjamin Drummond

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    EditTitle:The Ocean
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    EditImage Alt Text:Coral reef in Viti Levu, Fiji, Oceania. © William Crosse