The Blue Prosperity Coalition is a network of global experts engaging in multi-year partnerships with governments to designate and implement 30% marine protection and establish a Blue Prosperity Plan. A Blue Prosperity Plan is an approach to marine spatial planning that includes Marine Protected Areas and a Blue Economy management system to ensure the sustainable use of ocean resources for ecosystem health, improved livelihoods and economic growth.
If we don’t fix the oceans now, it’s going to be too late. It’s going to be an environmental and economic disaster. No one person, no one entity can save the oceans, but if we work together, we pool our resources, this is a problem we can fix.Ted Waitt,
Founder & Chair, Waitt Institute & Foundation
Dynamic Planet is a founding partner of the Blue Prosperity Coalition. As part of the network, Dynamic Planet facilitates partnership development and leadership engagement to help implement the Blue Prosperity approach across project sites. Current sites include Azores, Barbuda, Curaçao and Tonga.
For more on Blue Prosperity Coalition: blueprosperity.org
The greater Okavango River Basin is the largest freshwater wetland in southern Africa — and the main source of water for a million people. Beginning in 2015, National Geographic Explorer Dr. Steve Boyes and an interdisciplinary team including Angolan, Namibian and South African scientists began working together to explore and protect the Okavango River Basin that spans across Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Through a series of unique expeditions into the least known, most inaccessible parts of the watershed in southeastern Angola, they have been surveying the sources of the river systems and collecting data to help inform strategies to protect them.
We believe this partnership [between National Geographic Society and the Angolan Ministries of Environment and Tourism] adds value in supporting our urgent efforts to preserve biodiversity in Angola.Paula Coelho,
Minister of Environment for Angola, December 2018
Dynamic Planet has worked as a facilitator for the Okavango team since the project’s inception, including connecting partners, technical experts and funders.
For more on the Okavango Wilderness Project: nationalgeographic.org/projects/okavango/
A planet in balance is one in which people, the rest of life and economies can all thrive. But with threats like habitat destruction, climate change and species extinction, we are living on a planet that is increasingly out of balance. To address this existential crisis, the National Geographic Society has developed Last Wild Places, a decade-long initiative to help protect the places that sustain life on Earth. The target is ambitious but based on the best science: to protect at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030, as a milestone to ensuring we maintain half of Earth in natural state by 2050.
This is the new extinction and we are half way through it. We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it is going to get.Sir David Attenborough,
Naturalist and Broadcaster
Dynamic Planet is leading the resource development and fund structure to support National Geographic’s Last Wild Places. This includes the creation of new protected areas, as well as improving effective management – moving sites towards mature operations and, where possible, financial independence. By working with best-in-class field partners, we are developing a blended finance solution for the replication and scale of well-managed wild places for the benefit of all.
For more on Last Wild Places: nationalgeographic.org/projects/last-wild-places/
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean. Combining science, media, and economics for expeditions to some of the last unexplored areas of our oceans, Pristine Seas inspires governments and communities to create protected areas where thriving marine ecosystems support sustainable livelihood models including ecotourism and responsible fishing practices.
The ocean has an extraordinary capacity to regenerate, if we give it some space. And everyone – fishermen, tourists, scientists – ends up benefitting from it.Dr. Enric Sala,
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Dynamic Planet has worked in partnership with Pristine Seas since its inception. From project development through in-the-field implementation with community facilitation, strategic planning and leadership engagement, our combined work has inspired the establishment of some of the largest marine reserves in the world. Dynamic Planet has helped develop sustainable tourism and sustainable fisheries models to boost local marine economies.
For more on Pristine Seas: nationalgeographic.org/projects/pristine-seas/