Our commitments for SDG14
Integrated Ocean Governance in Northern Mozambique
In response to the growing pressure on the NMC’s unique marine resources in mind, a partnership called the Northern Mozambique Channel Initiative has been developed, with the goal of delivering a sustainable blue economy. WWF is supporting this initiative by facilitating both the partnership process and the necessary fundraising. We are also promoting integrated ocean governance through the implementation of Marine Spatial Planning and the application of principles and standards for sustainability in key economic sectors, such oil and gas extraction. Our aim is to support each country in the region to build effective partnerships that ensure an effective and integrated approach to marine and coastal resource use.
Cordio, UNEP/Nairobi Convention Secretariat, WCS, FFI, CI, IUCN, Blue Ventures, TNC, Rare, Birdlife International Wetlands International, WIOMSA
Building Climate Resilience in the Great Sea Reef
WWF is supporting efforts to restore and strengthen the GSR ecosystem, working with local and national stakeholders to define an integrated management approach. Together, we will create one of the world’s first adaptation and resilience programmes that brings together land, people, and ocean. Our target is a healthier and more climate resilient GSR and coastal ecosystem by 2025 — one which supports sustainable and inclusive livelihoods, food security, sustainable economic growth, and community wellbeing.
Government of Fiji – relevant Ministries
Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji
Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas
- Fiji Sugar Industries
- Tourism Industries – Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association, SPTO
- Fisheries Industries – Fishing Solander, Sequest, Fiji Fishing Industries Association, Lyndhurst reef fish
- Forestry – Fiji Pine FSC
Marine Spatial Planning in Argentina
Use of Marine Spatial Planning also provides the government with the knowledge resources needed to guide decision making and improve management of marine areas. Better knowledge of ocean sciences, biodiversity, natural resources, and environmental services enables governments to better coordinate between sectors, institutions, and jurisdictions, and anticipate potential conflicts between uses.
WWF aims to have a Spatial Plan for the San Jorge Gulf implemented by 2020 under an adaptive management approach. The ultimate objective is for the plan’s success to generats replication and scaling up of the project to impact other priority marine areas in the Argentine Sea.
Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable (MAyDS)
Pampa Azul Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e innovación productiva
Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian sea and Areas of Influence
Supporting Collaborative Conservation in the Coral Triangle
In 2009, the six Coral Triangle governments formed the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries & Food Security to address these challenges through a “people-centered” approach to biodiversity conservation. WWF shares this vision, and is working with stakeholders to mobilize partnerships and resources at the scale needed to achieve conservation results. Our goal is to sustainably manage and protect the triangle’s ecosystems, encourage responsible industries, and increase social and economic benefits from sustainable use.
Fostering Marine Stewardship in the Colombian Pacific
Strengthening governance processes is an essential element of the process. We are working closely with local communities and government entities to help us understand their relationships with the territory, uses, expectations, decision making mechanisms, and ancestral knowledge. Extensive collaboration is enabling us to better integrate all necessary information into the planning and declaration processes of the new protected areas — and ultimately helping to foster a greater sense of stewardship in the Colombian Pacific, to ensure the long-term health of important ecosystems.
Colombian National Authority of Aquaculture and Fishing (AUNAP in Spanish)
Natural National Parks of Colombia (PNN in Spanish)
local governments of the Nariño, Cauca, Chocó and Valle del Cauca departments of Colombia, Marine Research National Institute (INVEMAR)
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Regional Environmental Management Corporations (CARs)
Empowering Leaders in Sustainable Tuna Harvesting
In the past, we primarily engaged processors and traders through the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). Now, we are building on this success through the formation of a Global Tuna Producing Company collaboration (GTPC), led by major purse seine vessel owners. This collaboration will align the incentives between vessel-owning companies and ISSF participants to ensure vessels harvesting tuna bound for US and EU markets ultimately meet the MSC standard. The GTPC should lead to advancements on major challenges including precautionary harvest strategies, effective enforcement, bycatch reduction, and observer safety.
ISSF, OPAGAC, Thai Union Europe, Princes UK, ANABAC, ORTHONGEL, TUNACONS (NIRSA S.A., GRUPO JADRAN, EUROFISH, SERVIGRUP, TRIMARINE) and other tuna vessel owners in the future
Setting Global Priorities for Shark and Ray Conservation
The strategy consists of four interlocking action points, including (1) Saving Shark and Ray Species, (2) Managing Shark and Ray Fisheries for Sustainability, (3) Ensuring Responsible Trade in Shark and Ray Products, and (4) Encouraging Responsible Consumption of Shark and Ray Products. Our aim is to, by 2025, halt shark and ray species decline, prevent extinctions, and increase conservation commitments globally. We aim to see sharks and rays throughout the world fulfilling their ecological roles, sustaining well-managed fisheries, and being valued for their critical contributions to ecosystem health and human well-being.
IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Shark Specialist Group (SSG), Shark Advocates International, Shark Trust, TRAFFIC, and WCS
Defining and Securing a Sustainable Blue Economy
WWF is working to define and promote the adoption of “Principles for a Sustainable Blue Economy,” and identify the actions leaders must take to secure a truly sustainable development approach. These include setting clear goals for preserving ecosystem health, adopting best practices, aiming for a circular economy based on renewable energy, and adopting sustainable investment guidelines in our seas. Progress will be reported annually.
Collaborative Management in Tun Mustapha Park
We’re working to achieve this through collaborative management and environmental stewardship. An integrated approach ensures protection while allowing communities living in the protected area to continue their activities within designated zones, producing beneficial outcomes for biodiversity, ocean health, and people alike.
Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Environment
Sabah Parks, Sabah Fisheries Department, Sabah Wildlife Department
Local government units – District Offices of Kudat, Kota Marudu, and Pitas
80,000 coastal inhabitants of diverse ethnic groups in the local government units of TMP
Marine industry sectors, i.e. tourism operators and fisheries
University of Malaysia Sabah
University of Malaysia Terengganu
University of Queensland
Civil societies including Kudat Turtle Conservation Society and Banggi Youth Club
Marine Park and Fisheries Management in the Philippines
WWF is currently working with partners and the government to implement a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in the Tubbataha Reefs, starting with tuna — but the long-term goal is gulf-wide sustainable fisheries management. We are also working to improve overall management of the marine protected area by setting up the necessary mechanisms and systems to transform it from a “paper park” to a functional park, creating benefitsl for both people and biodiversity. Our target is the effective management of 2 million hectares of Marine Protected Areas by 2025.
Government agencies: German Development Bank (DEG) and Philippine Government: Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Partido Development Authority, 5 provincial and 22 municipal governments in the project sites, Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board, Philippine Coast Guard.
Corporations: Swiss Coop, Bell, Sea Fresh, New England Seafood, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Cebu Pacific Air, Banco de Oro, Grieg Foundation
Foundations and other NGO donors: Fondation Segre, WWF-Germany, Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute Philippines
Reducing by-catch in Pakistan
To date, 74 observers have been trained and have started recording much-needed data on by-catch, including data on mortalities and the entanglement of important species. The observers have safely released hundreds of marine turtles, whales, dolphins, manta rays, sea snakes and sea birds back into the ocean. This work is done on a completely voluntary basis, with the crew diving into the water and cutting nets to untangle drowning animals.