Spotlight

Mapping Ocean Wealth Wins Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award

The Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative is the winner of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award.  The WTTC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to the economy, while promoting...

How Can Nature Help Us Combat Climate Change?

Coastal wetlands are small but mighty.  They provide habitats for a diverse array of species, improve water quality, and play a significant role in protecting coastal communities from the impacts of wave action and storms. But they also provide another valuable...

Mapping Ocean Wealth Named a Finalist for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

  The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that The Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative is among the finalists for the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.  The WTTC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to...

Oyster Reefs: How Much Is Enough?

Contributed by Bryan DeAngelis Oysters are amazing. If you’re like me, and love the cold, salty taste of fresh oysters, know that our desire to consume them is not new. Oysters were a dietary staple for Native Americans and then for early European settlers, who...

Australia’s Forgotten Coastline No Longer Forgotten

Contributed by Helen Savidge Mapping Ocean Wealth Picks Up Marine Conservation Across Australia’s Forgotten Coastlines. On the Southern edge of the Australian continent sit beautiful waterscapes, grass meadows and kelp forests. These southern coastlines are home to...

Upgrade Your World

Throughout the month of June 2016, TNC’s Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative is being featured in Microsoft Windows’ Upgrade Your World campaign. Designed to help global organizations further advance their work through the use of technology, this partnership is an...

The Ocean is a Global Climate Solution

By Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy As the world meets for COP, and country leaders, scientists and NGOs like The Nature Conservancy (TNC) play a role in this important piece of global history, I am pleased to be here in...

Habitat, Fish and Profit: Combining Fisheries Ecology and Economy

Contributed by Andrew Frederick Johnson (1), Marcia Moreno-Bàez (2), Andrès Cisneros-Montemayor (3), Alfredo Girón-Nava (1), Alvin Suàrez Castillo(4) and Octavio Aburto Oropeza (1) The value of nature and its contribution to human well being and development is being...

Why Blue Carbon is REDD Hot

Contributed by Emily Landis of The Nature Conservancy  Last month, governments, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society convened at the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)...

Mapping Ocean Wealth Video

Mapping Ocean Wealth is a new twist on something The Nature Conservancy has done well for 60 years: show people what the world looks like through maps. But instead of maps of habitats, we’re creating maps of ocean’s benefits. View the video to learn...

Mapping Ocean Wealth Infographics

Our oceans and coastal habitats produce a variety of benefits for coastal communities. A series of Mapping Ocean Wealth infographics has been produced to help illustrate some of these benefits, with specific, quantitative examples about how and where these benefits...

Is Investing in Ocean Health a Key to Our Urban Future?

The following article first appeared in The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking. By Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy Today, half of the world’s people live in cities. By 2050, three out of four people...

Protecting 3.3 million hectares of marine habitat: Where does it begin?

The Nature Conservancy’s Indonesia marine staff recently completed a rapid ecological assessment (REA) of the Savu Sea Marine National Park, covering about one third of the total 3.3 million hectare park. “Savu Sea in general has become a great attraction for marine...

Stakeholder driven process to map ocean wealth

Barbados, a sovereign island country in the Caribbean, is home to a rich diversity of ocean life and coastal habitats. The coastal region is the country’s largest economic asset and represents the source of sustenance, inspiration, economic prosperity, recreation, and...

Fishing Knowledge Helps to Rethink Pohnpei MPA Design

The Pohnpei State Protected Area Network (PAN) Design Workshop was held in Pohnpei on June 18th-20th, 2014 as the first step in the process of using spatial planning to redesign Pohnpei’s PAN to better meet the goals of Pohnpei state and incorporate resiliency....

Are Parks and Reserves Protecting Nature’s Services to People?

Contributed by Amanda Wrona Meadows – TNC Mapping Ocean Wealth’s science, conservation and policy staff gathered in Sydney, Australia to attend the World Parks Congress, a once-a-decade global forum on protected areas that drew more than 6,000 delegates from 170...