Conservation International Announces Commitments at Our Ocean Conference
October 6, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Today Conservation International announced its commitments to improve the health of the world’s oceans at the fourth annual Our Ocean Conference in Valletta, Malta. Hosted by the European Union, the global conference brings together over 700 world leaders, civil society groups and the private sector.
“Oceans sustain all life on this planet. Habitat destruction, overfishing, pollution and climate change are all impacting the food, livelihoods and climate protections we normally get from a healthy ocean,” said Aulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President, Center for Oceans at Conservation International. “There is a gathering momentum here to mitigate these impacts for the future of our oceans, and that takes courageous action and partnerships invested in bold actions and long-term solutions.”
Conservation International is committing to five new initiatives featuring financing solutions, corporate engagements and new technologies:
- The Blue Accelerator Fund will support the development of social enterprises, particularly in fisheries, aquaculture (fish farming) and marine tourism, by providing critical bridge financing and linking enterprises with investors, technical expertise and markets for sustainable products and services.
- The Global Mangrove Alliance (in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Wetlands International) aims to increase mangrove habitat globally by 20 percent.
- Conservation International and the Natural Capital Coalition are teaming up to produce a Natural Capital Protocol for Oceans, to help businesses understand whether and how their commercial success is dependent upon healthy ocean resources, and to recommend ways to respond to the risks and opportunities identified.
- A Green-Gray partnership with Bechtel Corporation will combine ‘green’ natural infrastructure (e.g. mangroves) with ‘grey’ infrastructure (e.g. seawalls) to protect vulnerable coastlines from extreme weather and erosion.
- Conservation International has partnered with the Costa Rican government and Satellite Applications Catapult / OceanMind to monitor and combat illegal fishing across Costa Rica’s waters using cutting-edge satellite technology.
Conservation International has expertise in integrated management of the ocean from creating and fulfilling the potential of large marine protected areas, improving the health and sustainability of fish stocks and developing data-driven decision tools like the Ocean Health Index among others.
Since its inception in 2014 as an initiative started by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Our Ocean Conference has gathered international leaders, civil society groups and private sector companies and organizations with a collective aim of saving the world’s seas.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.