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
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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