Ocean ecosystems are as varied as they are valuable. Seagrass meadows are veritable fish factories and carbon stores. Snorkeling and diving generate billions in tourist dollars. Oyster reefs support important fisheries, filter pollutants and reduce the impact of violent storms. When paired with saltmarshes, mangroves, ocean currents, nutrient-rich upwelling and other habitats, the ocean provides countless, often invaluable services to society.
To that end, Mapping Ocean Wealth moves us from broad global numbers to specific local details, allowing us to evaluate nature as an economic asset. The data then become actionable and inform engineering, financial and policy language that lead to better planning, conservation and investment decisions.
By 2030, Mapping Ocean Wealth data are applied in 10 countries in 3 regions to inform investments in conservation and use of ocean resources that contribute to Blue Growth. TNCs Mapping Ocean Wealth has won the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)s 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award for this work.