Raising global awareness about declining marine resources…
Funding a variety of ocean conservation efforts, The Waitt Foundation’s goal is to raise global awareness about declining marine resources through scientific research, protection, and policy change. From understanding how healthy ocean ecosystems work, to strengthening and expanding the world’s Marine Protected Areas to promoting sustainable fishing practices, we invest in ocean conservation projects with the potential for significant and measurable impacts. We hope to inspire people to make informed decisions in support of a healthy marine ecosystem.
Awarding over $11 million beginning in 2009 for worldwide ocean conservation efforts and projects, the Waitt Foundation has provided grants to several prestigious scientific research institutions to help them continue their work in safeguarding the oceans.
Current grantees include:
- Bren School of Environmental Science
- Conservation International
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Marine Conservation Institute
- National Geographic Society
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Nature Conservancy
- Ocean Conservancy
- Oceans 5
- Pew Environment Group
- Rare Conservation
- Sargasso Sea Alliance
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Wildlife Conservation Society
Life Originates From the Sea
The ocean is the largest place on Earth and covers 70% of Earth’s surface. It provides 80% of the oxygen we breathe and is the main source of protein for 1 in 4 people worldwide. The ocean gives us medicines, regulates temperature, absorbs 80% of climate change heat, and provides economic opportunity from fishing, transportation, minerals and recreation. Sustaining mangroves, wetlands, and coral reefs, the ocean is home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth.
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