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How we work: tackling the wider threats to our oceans

Purse Seine Fishing Vessel. © Ulrich Karlowski 2008/Marine Photobank.
Written by: Nicola Frost
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Marine protected areas are vital, but by themselves they are not enough to ensure the sustainable management of our oceans. We also need to address the wider impacts that mankind is having on our marine environment, while recognising the economic and social importance of marine resources, which provide around a billion people with their main source of protein and contribute an estimated US$3 trillion per year in economic goods and services.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to address these wider threats by:

  • Encouraging responsible business practice
  • Advocating for improved marine policy

Encouraging responsible business practice

In terrestrial conservation there has been a trend towards broader partnerships between governments, businesses and interest groups – in particular engaging with the private sector to ensure they act responsibly as stewards of the environment. As yet, there are few such examples for the seas.

Fisheries, aquaculture, cruise tourism, coastal development, agriculture and various industries using plastics all have serious impacts on coastal and marine areas where FFI is working to conserve biodiversity. In view of the growing evidence that sustainability makes both good sense for businesses and the environment, FFI seeks to work with forward-thinking companies that are incorporating biodiversity considerations into the core of their operations and demonstrating the business case for good practice and new opportunities for sustainability.

Our work in action:

Advocating for improved marine policy

Effective marine conservation depends on coherent and cohesive policy that is backed by all sectors of society, from national and local government to community groups and businesses.

By working with key stakeholders in national and local governments, FFI will help to raise the profile of important marine conservation issues on the political agenda, while also strengthening the ability of local NGOs and communities to advocate for policies that will result in more sustainable marine management.

Our work in action:

Main image courtesy of Ulrich Karlowski 2008/Marine Photobank.

Written by
Nicola Frost

Nicola joined Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in July 2011 to help develop our global marine work and identify new activity areas and funding streams. As Head of Marine, Nicola provides technical input on marine projects in all regions, and supports knowledge exchange and communication between FFI’s marine projects. Nicola is a marine scientist, with a background in coral reef research, management and education. She has worked with governments, NGOs, and communities in over 18 countries to support the design and implementation of habitat assessments, participatory planning for locally managed marine areas, training for marine protected area managers, and livelihood diversification and enhancement processes. Nicola has published a range of toolkits and reports about tropical marine ecosystem management and emerging ocean issues.

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