The Western Pacific, home to rich marine biodiversity, has the some of the world’s fastest growing populations and economies that place tremendous stress on its resources. Despite significant investments to improve coastal marine resources management the overall health of fish stocks and marine ecosystems continues to decline across the region. It will take sound management systems, featuring both marine reserves and sustainable fishery management, to protect the region’s valuable marine resources for future generations.
Our goal is to restore and ensure the health and productivity of coastal marine environments in the face of rapidly increasing pressures, in particular from overfishing. Our strategy focuses on:
- Supporting well-designed and durable systems of marine reserves as models of effective management.
- Developing sound systems of nearshore fisheries management and governance.
- Developing and promoting the skills, policies and institutions required to support effective marine reserve and fisheries management.
What We Fund
We focus our support on country-specific strategies for Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Micronesia (Palau and FSM). Grantmaking will support activities such as:
- Supporting nearshore fishery management and traceability initiatives.
- Supporting related policy and institutional capacity development needs.
- Conducting data-poor fishery stock assessments.
- Developing investment tools and the overall economic case for sound fishery management.
- Developing fisheries management fellowship programs and executive courses.
We will adapt our strategy as the context changes and as we evaluate the impact of our approach.