United Nations
by Sociedade Francisco Soares dos Santos (Private sector)
Oceano Azul Foundation is a new philanthropic initiative for a new paradigm: to look at the planets sustainability from the oceans point of view.
The Oceano Azul Foundation mission is to contribute to a healthy and productive ocean to the benefit of our Planet, aiming bequeathing a clean and productive ocean to future generations.
The Oceano Azul Foundation has three axes of action:
i) Prepare a blue generation through educational programs for school children and increase public awareness on the challenge of ocean sustainability, aiming at giving a voice to the ocean
ii) Protect, value and promote our blue natural capital, supporting marine protected areas and other sustainable uses of the ocean
iii) Promote integrated ocean governance, based upon ethical values and rooted in scientific knowledge; support an environmental-friendly, innovative blue economy
Based in Portugal, but with a global outreach purpose, the Foundation intends to become a partner at the global level, promoting ocean conservation and sustainability programs in cooperation with public and private institutions, including Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The structure and governance of the Foundation is based on notable ocean experts who have distinguished themselves in their work on ocean conservation; renowned academics; personalities familiar with the United Nations and European Commissions agendas; and others with ties to non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The Foundation manages the Oceanrio de Lisboa, a public aquarium which is one of its most important assets and an outstanding ocean window for over 1.250.000 visitors per year.
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
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
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
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
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
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
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
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
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
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
December 2021
6 million people reached through Oceanário de Lisboa
December 2021
500.000 children aged 5 to 9 targeted to be educated in Portugal on ocean sustainability
December 2021
Funding and supporting ocean conservation projects
December 2021
Funding and supporting capacity building initiatives for a more productive ocean, promoting a sustainable blue economy
Financing (in USD)
56,500,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
All of the Foundation structure and organization
Basic information
Time-frame: December 2021 - December 2021
Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos (Private sector): lead entity Oceanário de Lisboa (Private sector): partner
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Silvia Ventura, Ms., sventura@oceanoazulfoundation.org,
Lisboa, Portugal
Other SDGs
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