The oceans inspire and offer hope for nature and people worldwide. When the oceans thrive, the planet regains its natural strength and flourishes, people thrive, societies are prosperous, and the world is more peaceful.
Healthy oceans and marine species support the resiliency and productivity of coastal communities, feed billions of people, deliver hundreds of millions of jobs, and provide natural at-scale solutions for the safety and security of millions of individuals and communities vulnerable to the threat of climate change and natural disasters.
The WWF-US Oceans team is focused on building a thriving, healthy ocean and reaching nature-positive goals both through specific area-based conservation and by creating global enabling conditions for nature-positive outcomes.
To support place-based ocean ecosystems, WWF works to deliver nature-positive seascapes using a science-based selection and design approach. We establish and build management of conservation areas, ranging from establishing marine protected areas to other effective area-based conservation efforts that benefit Indigenous people and local communities, as well as global constituencies. We deploy nature-based solutions to achieve climate adaptation and resilience, and we make available climate-smart fisheries management solutions.
To achieve financial sustainability, we partner with WWF’s Earth for Life, Enduring Earth, and other groups, to support the design and delivery of marine Project Finance for Permanence initiatives. We will also work with public finance bodies, such as the Global Environment Facility and Global Conservation Fund, to continue to make the case for why investing in nature-positive seascapes contributes to global nature and climate goals.