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by Foundation Center (Philanthropic organization)
FundingtheOcean.org is an online knowledge hub designed to track, inform and inspire ocean conservation philanthropy.

This site provides public access to:

-the most current and complete interactive funding map of global ocean conservation efforts (Institutional philanthropic grantmaking from Foundation Center’s database which are comprised of grants information directly reported by foundations, or collected from IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF, foundation web sites, and other public sources. (2009-present, where available); Bi- and multi-lateral aid funding from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Development Assistance Committee members (2009-2015); U.S. government agency grants from USAspending.gov (2015-2016); Global Grassroots NGO profiles from Marine Watch International

-a searchable library of curated event, publications, case studies, affinity groups, news, and data and report repositories on ocean conservation

-information on how ocean funders are working toward the Sustainable Development Goals framework

-a private online community for sharing knowledge and building relationships

-an opportunity to share your knowledge
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
April 2017
Completed portal with public access to data and resources on who is doing what and where around the world
In-kind contribution
Public portal
Basic information
Time-frame: 04/2017 - 04/2018
Foundation Center, The Campbell Foundation, The Helmsley Charitable Trust, Marine Watch International, Oak Foundation, the Packard Foundation, SunLight Time Foundation, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Amanda Dillon, Knowledge Services Manager, fundingtheocean.org,
Other SDGs
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