100&Change: 2020

National Geographic Society

Pristine Seas: Safeguarding and Restoring the Ocean’s Health and Productivity

This project will help to double current ocean protection, thereby safeguarding marine biodiversity and improving food provision, while mitigating climate change through carbon storage.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location(s):
  • Province de l’Ogooué-Maritime, Gabon
  • Estado de Nayarit, Mexico
  • Azores, Portugal
  • Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Niue
  • Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
  • Seenu Atholhu, Maldives
  • State of Pohnpei, Micronesia
  • Line Islands, Kiribati
  • Bikar Atoll, Marshall Islands
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
  • Adults
  • Indigenous peoples
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 2. Zero hunger
  • 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 14. Life below water

Executive Summary:

Ocean life is a critical component of humanity’s life support system, generating half of the oxygen we breath, providing food for billions, and capturing much of our carbon pollution, among many other benefits. But we’re destroying its ability to provide for us because of overexploitation, and global warming. Yet only 5% of the ocean is currently protected. Fully protected marine reserves have been shown to restore ocean life and all the benefits it provides to people, including food, economic revenue (e.g., ecotourism and enhanced fishing), and human well-being. Working with local partners and governments, National Geographic Pristine Seas has helped to protect 21 areas covering 5.3 million km2 (over half the size of the U.S.) since 2008. We’ll scale up our change model to help double the ocean area that is presently fully protected, to protect biodiversity, improve food provision, carbon storage, and other key ecosystem services for people worldwide.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

National Geographic Society

website: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$100 to $199 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
300 to 499

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity