MERGING THE WORLDS OF MARINE CONSERVATION AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCE FOR A BETTER FUTURE


BLUE FINANCE  DEVELOPS SOLUTIONS FOR MANAGEMENT OF MARINE PROTECTED AREAS


Blue finance is a social enterprise with expertise and a track record in management and sustainable financing of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Blue finance’s objective is to improve the management of at least twenty MPAs by 2030.

PROPOSAL:

Our approach relies on a proven concept of co-management leases for MPAs with tangible revenue models, leveraged by blended finance and empowering local communities.

Blue finance works with Governments, local stakeholders, donors and investors to design, finance and implement joint partnerships and blended finance solutions for the collaborative management of MPAs. 

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS:

One of the largest MPAs in the Caribbean is actively managed in the Dominican Republic by local partners and Blue finance (more details).

US$3M have been structured as blended finance for Dominican Republic MPA. 

5 other MPAs have relevant works already underway in the Caribbean, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (total 1,400,000 ha of coral reef ecosystems) (more details).

US$9M are committed with donors, development banks and impact investors for other MPA projects.

Innovative Public-Private Partnership concept developed for leveraging blended finance for MPAs (more details).

OUR IMPACTS:

When properly managed and financed, MPAs restore marine habitats and fish populations, generate food and incomes from sustainable fisheries for local communities, create job opportunities in tourism and other blue economy sectors, enhance shoreline protection and provide greater resilience to climate change.

Our projects contribute to SDGs nº14 (‘life below water’), nº1 (‘end poverty’), nº8 (‘decent work’) and nº13 (‘climate action’) as a priority.

RATIONALE & CHALLENGE:

Well managed and financed MPAs are considered to be among the most effective tools for reducing local threats on 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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Background

OUR STRATEGY

Background

ABOUT US AND OUR PARTNERS

Blue finance offers an experienced team in MPA management, marine ecology, conservation finance, business development, public-private partnerships, and community development

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Blue finance’s activities are led by a strong consortium of partners

 

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Background

MEDIA COVERAGE

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

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RATIONALE

PAPER PARKS

Recent studies have reported that 65% of existing MPAs have inadequate budgets for basic management …

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COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT OF MPAs: a long track record

In response to the widespread funding gap for protected areas, some governments have established collaborative…

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