To save the global oceans and the biodiversity contained therein by strengthening marine conservation grantmaking and providing a vehicle for information sharing, dialogue, strategy development and collaboration among funders.
- Promote collaboration and cooperation within the marine conservation community
- Increase collaboration among foundations devoted to addressing the challenge of global marine conservation
- Increase the level of investment in the field, especially foundation funding
- Reach out to other foundation networks as well as new funders
- Identify key entry points and leverage opportunities to advance strategies to address marine conservation
- Monitor developments on a wide range of marine conservation issues, including (but not limited to) fisheries management reform, establishment of a worldwide network of marine protected areas, reducing the global environmental impacts of mariculture, and promoting a worldwide consumer seafood movement;
- Educate funders on a wide range of international marine conservation issues, looking for strategic linkages to US domestic issues;
- Ensure funder coordination and collaboration on long-term strategies to implement the recommendations of the Pew Oceans Commission and the National Oceans Commission;
- Investigate strategies to improve the effectiveness of public advocacy for the oceans; and
- Provide an annual update through a survey on the issues and organizations being supported by Program members.
- Annual winter meeting to educate funders on a variety of marine conservation issues and to investigate opportunities for collaboration;
- a series of regularly scheduled webinars and conference calls on marine conservation issues; and
- Other meetings of the Program (or sub-groups) to address strategic collaboration opportunities in a timely manner.
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