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Worldrise ONLUS- We Act For Nature
by Worldrise ONLUS (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Worldrise is a non-profit organisation founded by young professionals able to create projects that unite environmental
protection, creativity, and education. Our projects aim to promote the conservation and valorisation of the marine environment through activities
that are also able to act as a driver for sustainable economic and social development.
Worldrise projects are coordinated and carried out by young professionals and they directly involve university students and recent graduates in order to
offer them the opportunity to combine academic knowledge with practical experience. Our organisation believes that the path for change lays in the professional empowerment and leadership training of the next generations of conservation leaders.

Worldrise is the product of passion and dedication of a group of young individuals from diverse professional backgrounds who have decided to provide their expertise for the protection of the ocean. Currently, we are 12 team members working with determination and passion to bring forward the Worldrise mission. We can also count on the help of multiple volunteers, who participate to our campaigns.The organisation was founded in Italy, but collaborates with many international organisations as well as directly involving young professionals from different countries around the world.

Thanks to the help of our collaborators, multiple projects focusing on a variety of topics, have been developed since 2013.
Worldrise projects are based on awareness-raining, creativity and education, and range from environmental conservation, to social sustainability, keeping in mind the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN.
Our organisation has four main thematic areas:
Plastic Pollution
Marine Protected Areas
Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable Fishery
All of our projects fits under these thematic areas and have a strong focus on education and awareness building:

The Gulf of Dolphins - Creation and promotion of new forms of economic and social development, based on the valorisation of local natural resources in the area of Golfo Aranci (Sardinia).

Full Immersion MPA - A series of educational activities and scientific studies to enhance the environmental value of Marine Protected Areas.

#Batti5 For a Cleaner Sea - A creative and educational project to build awareness among the younger generation on the threats of plastic pollution to
our ocean.

#TargetPlasticFree - Create a network of commercial activities starting from Genova (now under development also in Milan), whose common goal is to
eliminate the usage of single-use plastic, and replacing it with more sustainable alternatives, such as reusable or compostable materials.

SEAstanibleSEAfood Guide - Educate on sustainable fishing and the responsible use of seafood, created in collaboration with the best Mediterranean chefs.

A-Mare the Eolian Islands - Promotion and dissemination of cultural and environmental values of coastal marine environments of the Aeolian Islands.

More information on our projects and staff are available on www.worldrise.org.
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
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
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)
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
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
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
  • Removal or reduction of harmful fisheries subsidies
  • information relating to harmful subsidies
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
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from sustainable transport
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
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • 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
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
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
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
To promote the conservation and valorisation of the marine environment through activities that are also able to act as a driver for sustainable economic and social development (e.g. marine plastic awareness educational campaigns in schools, sustainable fishing educational programs with restaurants and chefs, sustainable tourism projects and marine citizen science).
Staff / Technical expertise
Availability of a team of young professionals and young conservation leaders
Other, please specify
Promotion of projects able to act as a driver for sustainable economic and social development.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2013 - 2030
Worldrise ONLUS (NGO), Ocean Family Foundation (NGO), North Sails (Private Sector), LUSH (Private Sector), Irinox (Private Sector), Eulabor Institute (Scientific Community), Cumune di Genova (Government), Comune di Reggio Calabria (Government), Friends of The Sea (NGO), Global Youth Biodiversity Network (Scientific Community), Mission Blue (NGO), One More Generation (NGO), Terramar Project (NGO), IUCN WCPA young professionals (Intergovernmental organisation), Coalition Wild (NGO), GLS Gallery (Private Sector), Save The Philippine Sea (NGO), Corsica Ferries Sardinia Ferries (Partnership), Protect Our Planet (Partnership)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Arianna Liconti, Citizen Science Project Manager, arianna.liconti@worldrise.org, +44(0)7539150016
Milan, Italy
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