New portal for ocean conservation funding

Ocean conservationists and their supporters can now track funding for marine protection activities through a new online portal, The site provides information for those grappling with an increasingly complex landscape in their work to improve the condition of the ocean and its inhabitants.

With funding support from six foundations, Foundation Center unveiled the portal in April.

It offers free access to data on philanthropic, US federal, bi/multilateral aid grants, and crowdsourced information about grassroots marine conservation organizations, enabling users to see data on who is working on ocean conservation around the world.

Current figures indicate that while the ocean covers 71 per cent of the earth's surface, less than 1 per cent of all philanthropic funding has gone to support it since 2009.

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