The state of our Ocean

Many people are unaware that that the ocean produces half of the oxygen that we breathe and absorbs around a quarter of excess carbon and heat humans produce. Unfortunately this very giving resource continues to be degraded at an alarming rate through overfishing and other unsustainable activities, which greatly impacts its resilience and ability to keep giving.

The High Seas and deep sea areas beyond national jurisdiction make up half of the planet’s surface yet they particularly resemble a ‘failed state’ due to a lack of rules, monitoring and enforcement. Unless significant changes are made, both for the immediate and long term, the impacts that half of the planet are dealing with could reach a state of no return.

For many years this task has been the charge of conservationists, scientist and researchers, but it now requires support from all sides. It is time for a multi-sector approach and to engage a broad coalition of stakeholders to protect biodiversity and ecosystem functionality of the ocean. New technologies allow for interventions that are in tune with nature and are financially and commercially viable. Investments in initiatives such as blue carbon can provide opportunities for the private sector to support ocean challenges, while providing much needed resource. A new implementing agreement to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas can provide a legal basis for large scale protection.

The understanding of critical functions at the heart of the global lifecycle are key to being able operate in tune with processes that lead to marine abundance and maintaining the resilience that allows the oceans to maintain their status quo.   Effective ocean governance and infrastructure needs to be at the heart of global sustainability.

How this challenge is addressed will define our generation.

The New Blue Economy – Global Ocean Trust at COP 21.

The Global Ocean Trust

The Global Ocean Trust was formed to think about things differently. Many organisations work tirelessly towards protecting the oceans, but sometimes an additional perspective is needed to keep things moving forward.   Our aim is to bring new technologies, partnerships and new sources of finance to provide much needed resource and focus on the task ahead. Through engaging a broad range of public and private parties to in protecting the ocean, new business opportunities can be created which in turn support the marine infrastructure and assist with addressing key marine conservation challenges. Concepts such as global and regional ocean finance mechanisms and public private partnerships in ocean sustainability, infrastructure and technology.

Through promoting ocean optimism, designing innovative solutions and developing financing options, we aim to encourage influencers and stakeholders to engage productively with the ocean and to embrace the opportunities that are available to sustain the resource that provides every human with life.

We are a group of experienced conservationists from around the world who offer a different perspective for advice, support and resources to deliver new ideas and implement best practices for pragmatic solutions to ocean challenges.

We hope you join our journey.

The Team

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Mialy Andriamahefazafy


Torsten Thiele

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Nate Maynard

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Eleanor Mitch

Stephanie O'Donnell

Shashank Srinivasan

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Sylvie Rietmann

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Ruth Murray

Stéphane Rivière

Stephanie O'Donnell

Stephanie O’Donnell

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Sarah Combs


Maria Nube Szephegyi

Lida Teneva

Ocean Networks

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