MANAGING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS FOR
MARINE BIODIVERSITY AND LOCAL LIVELIHOODS

WE ARE MANAGING 5 MARINE PROTECTED AREAS WITH OUR LOCAL PARTNERS, ON BEHALF OF GOVERNMENTS

WE PRESERVE 1,000,000HA OF HIGH-BIODIVERSITY CORAL REEFS, PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES AND IMPROVE THE LIVELIHOODS OF >20,000 COASTAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS  


BELIZE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES AND ZANZIBAR

WE RELY ON 4 UNALTERABLE PILLARS FOR THE SUCCESS OF OUR MPAs:

Collaborative & Community-based MPA governance
Each MPA has a long-term management concession arranged between the Government and a local non-profit entity (formed by local community partners and Blue finance).

Tangible & diversified revenues for MPAs
The MPAs generate revenues for their own management to implement law compliance, science & conservation as well as community development activities.

Performance oriented management
The local partners have extensive experience in engagement with their respective communities and marine conservation. Blue finance international team ensures a management focus on conservation strategy execution and revenue development.

Adequate up-front capital & early stage working capital
The approach is leveraged by an investment facility blending grants, performance grants and refundable grants for the MPAs

Background

OUR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

5 MPAs on their way towards effective management with >50 rangers, community officers and managers implementing “on the ground” MPA management, science, compliance, revenue generation and community development

 Blended finance facilities set-up for the initial capital needs of the MPAs 

4 additional MPA projects are under preparation with the same rigorous standards

Innovative Public-Private Partnership concept developed with Governments for a balanced co-management governance.

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OUR POSITIVE IMPACTS

OUR WORK IS GEARED TOWARDS LONG TERM IMPACTS – AND WE MONITOR THEM 

• Recovery of 1,000,000 ha of coral reef ecosystems and 300,000 ha of mangroves

• Protection of 40 endangered species (including sharks, turtles & corals)

• Livelihood enhancement for 21,000 artisanal fishers & 120 Sustainable enterprise created

• 200 new job creations for our MPA rangers and management staff

Our conservation and social impact are oversight by people that understand nature and communities


Background

MEDIA COVERAGE

Blue finance’s model for MPAs has been described in conservation and blended finance guides

Background

RATIONALE

RATIONALE & CHALLENGE:

MPAs are considered to be among the most effective tools for reducing local threats to marine biodiversity. Yet MPAs face a broad range of challenges with >60% reporting inadequate budgets for basic management. As a result, many MPAs fail to meet their social and ecological objectives, existing only on paper (‘paper parks’). 

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PAPER PARKS

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