How we identify where to act?
The landscape of blue projects is almost as vast as the ocean itself. With so many wonderful initiatives out there, how do we decide where to focus our funding?
In evaluating proposals, we draw upon three different bodies of research: Carlos Duarte et al.’s 2020 paper “Rebuilding marine life”, Johan Rockstrom and the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s research on the Nine Planetary Boundaries, and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal framework.
At the intersection of these parameters we find projects that directly benefit the ocean, while also positively-impacting the globe.
Seven Recovery Wedges
INSIGHTS ON RESTORING OCEAN HEALTH FROM CARLOS DUERTE'S DECADES-LONG RESEARCH ON MARINE ECOLOGY.
In the 2020 paper “Rebuilding marine life”, Carlos Duarte et al. describe the numerous fronts, from overfishing to ocean acidification, on which ocean health is being degraded simultaneously by human activity.
The paper then also lays out a roadmap to recovery of marine life by 2050. As they state, “there is no single solution… rather, recovery requires the strategic stacking of a number of complementary actions, here termed recovery wedges, each of which will help to increase the recovery rate”. At Ocean Born we seek to support projects and initiatives that contribute to one or more of these wedges.