Our activities in the field are based on four core interrelated operational areas, which provide a secure foundation for MPA development.
We are focused on sustainably conserving marine biodiversity and enhancing the livelihoods of local communities. We do this by working across four fundamental fields of operation.
Science and conservation via research and monitoring projects
Enabling community development and empowerment
Surveillance and protection by raising awareness, ensuring compliance
Responsible, carbon-neutral enterprises to create sustainable revenues
Everything we do is based on hard scientific data, including evaluating our own performance. Management decisions within each MPA are informed by data collected through wildlife monitoring and conservation programmes.
Monitoring wildlife and ecosystem health
Reducing exploitative fishing
Enabling endangered species recovery
Tackling pollution at the source
Monitoring and managing carrying capacities
We enhance the livelihoods of coastal community members through creating sustainable employment opportunities and enabling micro-enterprises.
Developing aquaculture and ecotourism micro-enterprises
Creating new income-generating activities
Hiring local community members to work in MPAs
Education around sustainable fishing practices
Economic empowerment for women and social entrepreneurship
Protecting communities from flooding through coral and mangrove rewilding
Patrolling MPAs underscores our commitment, empowers local rangers, and creates opportunities for community engagement and raising awareness.
Designing adaptive management plans
Co-patrolling with law enforcement
Creating viable alternatives to poaching
Driving conservation awareness
Implementing training programmes
Providing equipment and support
The creation of reef-positive businesses in and around MPAs such as ecotourism, blue carbon projects, plastic recycling, and community-based aquaculture all contribute to the growth of the Blue Economy.
Developing innovative, responsible travel offerings to visitors
Implementing MPA marketing strategies and campaigns
Initiating blue carbon projects through restoration and conservation of mangroves
Developing comunity-based, vertically integrated aquaculture
Improving the value chain for local fishers
Participating in the plastic collection and recycling industry