Commitment to Action

National Geographic Pristine Seas: Saving the Last Wild Places in the Ocean

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National Geographic Pristine Seas

In 2014, National Geographic Pristine Seas committed to protect the last of the world's 'pristine' ocean ecosystems; wilderness areas of rich biodiversity that are remote, untouched, and uninhabited. For nearly all of human history, Earth's oceans seemed vast and inexhaustible. However, due to global overfishing, pollution, and climate change, today undeniable evidence of species extinction, fisheries collapse, coral reef degradation, harmful algal blooms, and marine dead zones is seen. Only two percent of the oceans are currently under some form of protections, and only one percent are in no-take marine reserves - the most effective tool for restoring marine life and the services it provides. Using discovery and exploration, research, media, National Geographic Pristine Seas will work with country leaders across the globe to protect these last wild places as large no-take marine reserves; ensuring their long-term protection and management. Over the course of five years, this commitment will help increase the area of the ocean protected by several million square kilometers, more than doubling the size of existing fully protected areas. This commitment will result in the largest ocean conservation legacy in human history, for the benefit of ocean life and humanity. The few remaining pristine ocean ecosystems are the only examples there are of the natural ocean. It is imperative to protect these last beacons of ocean wilderness, before their richness disappears.

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Commitment

National Geographic Pristine Seas: Saving the Last Wild Places in the Ocean

Launched

2014

Est. Duration

5 years

Estimated Total Value

$

Region

Latin America & Caribbean, Northern America, Europe

Countries

ARGENTINA, Canada, CHILE, DENMARK, ECUADOR, FRANCE, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, MOZAMBIQUE, NORWAY

Commitment by

National Geographic Pristine Seas

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

The Case Foundation, Lindblad Expeditions, Philip Stephenson Foundation, Prince Albert, The Leona M. And Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Vicki and Roger Sant, Blancpain, Quixote Foundation, The Campbell Foundation, Dynamic Planet, Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Brook Foundation, Waitt Foundation