Country Strategies


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Our China grantees are helping to create an “ecological civilization” to nurture marine biodiversity and ensure fishing and fish farms are sustainable.

China is the largest consumer, producer, and processor of seafood in the world. No country will have a greater influence on the long-term health of the ocean than China.

China has the largest domestic and distant-water fishing fleets in the world. It produces more seafood through fish farms and more seafood from capture fisheries than any other country. China’s citizens also lead the world in fish consumption. But the marine systems they depend on are rapidly reaching their limits. More than half of China’s capture fisheries are overharvested and depleted. More than 60 percent of China’s coastal wetlands have been lost to development. And, pollution carried by rivers to China’s coasts have produced vast “dead zones” and contaminated seafood from rapidly-growing coastal fish farms.

China’s Central Committee and State Council have established a goal of creating an “ecological civilization” in China. As part of this vision, China’s ocean and coastal regions would work together to protect and restore wetlands, improve management of fishing practices, limit distant water fishing and control the scale of aquaculture.

In 2015, the Packard Foundation consulted widely with experts, NGOs and officials in China and globally to understand how it could be most helpful in building capacity within China to better achieve these goals. Our 2016-2020 grantmaking strategy for China emerged from that process.

Specifically, our investments will aim to achieve the following goals:

  • Helping institutions within China to access global knowledge and networks that can support the development of a marine eco-civilization.
  • Strengthening Chinese leadership and NGO capacity for ocean conservation issues.
  • Developing a network of funders to support China’s efforts to build a marine eco-civilization.
  • Increasing the awareness—on the part of the public and decision-makers—regarding the oceans, the threats that they face, and the importance of a creating a marine eco-civilization.

Our People

Walt Reid


Meg Caldwell

Deputy Director, Oceans

Shiyu Rachel Wang

Program Research Analyst

How to Get Support

The Conservation and Science program welcomes your ideas for funding requests. Please review our existing strategies and, if your work is aligned with our funding priorities and geographic focus, send a short description to the relevant Program Officer and Program Associate or send the description using the form here. Please do not send a full proposal until requested by the Program Officer.