Blue Nature Alliance

The Blue Nature Alliance is a global partnership that aims to catalyze the conservation of 18 million square kilometers of ocean in five years


The Blue Nature Alliance supports projects focused on the creation, expansion or improved management of ocean conservation areas — from coastal ecosystems to broader open ocean areas — to help the world achieve 30 percent ocean conservation by 2030.

To reach this goal, the Blue Nature Alliance works closely with NGOs, government, Indigenous people and local communities, and scientists to support effective large-scale marine conservation.

Our role

The Blue Nature Alliance is a collaboration led by Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Global Environment Facility, Minderoo Foundation and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. In addition to its core partners, the Blue Nature Alliance is growing a network that includes local partners, scientists, technical experts, and financial strategists.

Our plan

Funding ocean conservation

With an eye toward projects that benefit people and nature, the Blue Nature Alliance works to catalyze the creation of new areas and improve the management of marine protected areas and other innovative marine conservation areas. Working with our partners, we aim to create sustainable financing models for these projects — critical to delivering the long-term ocean protection the world needs.

Building on best practices

Partners in the Blue Nature Alliance are dedicated to building on lessons learned from well-functioning ocean conservation areas, including incorporating the traditional knowledge and needs of Indigenous peoples and local communities. Our approach recognizes the rights, voices and roles of Indigenous peoples as central to conservation, particularly as they relate to protected areas. Our Code of Conduct guides and facilitates equitable management of protected areas and helps us balance conservation goals with the well-being of Indigenous peoples and local communities.


Our work

The Blue Nature Alliance is working on large-scale efforts in Fiji’s Lau Seascape, Antarctica’s Southern Ocean and the Tristan da Cunha island group to collectively secure protections over 4.8 million square kilometers (1.9 million square miles) of the ocean. Potential new engagements will include Canada, Palau, Seychelles, and the Western Indian Ocean. See a full list of projects: