Doubling ocean protection
The oceans are the origin and engine of all life on this planet — and they are in extreme peril.
Unprecedented sea-level rise and dangerously warming waters caused by climate change are among a list of grim impacts predicted by a recent United Nations report. By the end of the century, more of the world’s seas could be hot, acidic and lifeless — with catastrophic implications for marine life, Earth’s climate and the food security of billions of people.
Immediate and transformative action is needed to prevent the UN’s stark warning from becoming reality. We need to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s ocean for it to continue to provide food, climate stability and healthy ecosystems.
Conservation International’s Center for Oceans guides the organization’s global marine work. Building on more than a decade of experience working with businesses, governments and communities, the Center for Oceans aims to protect the ocean at a global scale. The Center does this by leveraging the latest technological and social innovations while partnering with organizations, companies and governments around the world.
Where humanity needs to be by 2030
The planetary need is to actively conserve 30 percent of the global ocean using area-based measures and ensure at least 75 percent of seafood globally is produced using socially responsible and environmentally sustainable methods by 2030.
What we are doing about it
Conservation International is:
- Generating and leveraging significant financial and human capital to support countries to scale up ocean conservation
- Creating financial and policy incentives to protect and restore coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves
- Disrupting damaging policies and practices in the seafood sector
Conservation International will work with partners to:
Improve sustainability in 20 key fisheries and aquaculture areas by 2025
Protect and restore coastlines to achieve a net increase in global mangrove coverage by 20% by 2030
Double the amount of protected ocean (equivalent to protecting 5% of the world’s oceans) by 2025
Blue Nature Alliance
In 2020, Conservation International joined forces with the Pew Charitable Trust and other partners to launch a bold new initiative to address some of the gravest threats to the ocean — from damaging fishing practices to biodiversity loss. The Blue Nature Alliance aims to effectively double ocean protections globally by 2025. The resulting work will bring the conservation community together in support of building momentum towards the global goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030.
Socially responsible seafood
Conservation International works at the nexus of human well-being and environmental sustainability. With environmental, human rights and industry leaders, we are transitioning the Monterey Framework for Socially Responsible Seafood into practice in critical industrial and small-scale fisheries supply chains — ensuring social safeguards to protect fishers' civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. We target environmental and human-rights hotspots where this crisis is concentrated, bringing research and technical capacity to strategic partners, globally.
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Principles that guide our work:
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Respecting human rights