Mission: To centralize and provide access to critical information needed by ocean funders and conservationists working to improve the condition of the planet's oceans, their inhabitants, and the people who depend on them.
Background: Earth's oceans, not to mention the marine species that call them home, are under assault from overfishing, pollution, and climate change. And while the burgeoning ocean conservation movement has gained the attention of governments, philanthropists, and activists around the world, many organizations within the movement continue to work independently of one another. To address that problem, Foundation Center has launched FundingtheOcean.org, a Web portal designed to track, inform, and inspire ocean conservation philanthropy and democratize access to critical information needed to drive ocean conservation philanthropy worldwide. Made possible through the generous support of the Campbell Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Marine Watch International, the Oak Foundation, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the SunLight Time Foundation, and the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the site provides access to an interactive funding map of global ocean conservation efforts; a searchable library of reports, case studies, news, and events; information on how ocean funders are working within the Sustainable Development Goals framework; and a private online knowledge sharing community.
Outstanding Web Features: The centerpiece of the site is an interactive Funding Map that shows who is funding what, and where, in ocean conservation and that can answer questions like: How does foundation funding for ocean conservation compare to bilateral and multilateral aid for ocean conservation? Who is providing support for systems change? Who are the top funders supporting sustainable fisheries?; a Resource Center featuring a curated collection of reports, case studies, and events; and an Online Community hosted by Marine Watch International where organizations and individuals working in the field can get to know each other and share their successes, failures, and ideas. Visitors to the site can also learn more about how the portal links to the Sustainable Development framework, and specifically Goal #14, Life Below Water, whose ten targets include the prevention and a significant reduction of marine pollution of all kinds; minimization of the impacts of ocean acidification; an end to overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; the conservation of at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information; and an increase in economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources. Visitors to the site also are encouraged to share knowledge and datee with their peers and others working to advance ocean conservation.