Supporting Island Communities
Building Capacity and Resilience
Promoting a Sustainable Blue Economy
SUSTAINABLE BLUE ECONOMY
We work with island communities to build coastal and community resilience. From Alaska to Cuba to Fiji, we recognize that while islands have similarities as isolated areas of land, each remains unique in its ability to respond to shared pressures. The ability to respond relies on a combination of autonomy, infrastructure, and resources. We support this through:
Lasting Community Relationships
We help link local communities together to become a louder, cumulative voice. Using social equity as a frame, we work through groups like the Climate Strong Islands Network to bring partners together, lift voices, and enhance access and opportunity for islanders to reach decision makers.
Leveraging Financial Resources
As a community foundation, we aim to deploy resources to the coastal communities that need them the most. By connecting donors with projects in island communities, we help partners realize full funding for their work and broker independent relationships between our partners and funders – so they can work toward multiyear arrangements.
Technical and Capacity Building
Food security and a healthy ocean go hand in hand. True self sufficiency is reached when islanders can address basic needs while still allowing nature to be part of that equation. By designing and implementing nature-based solutions through our Blue Resilience Initiative, we rebuild coastlines, increase sustainable tourism and recreation, and provide resources for carbon sequestration. Our Ocean Science Equity Initiative trains scientists to use affordable monitoring equipment, to measure the changing chemistry of local waters and ultimately inform adaptation and management strategies.
Blue Resilience Initiative | International Ocean Acidification Initiative | Networks, Coalitions and Collaboratives | Ocean and Climate Change | RedGolfo | TriNational Initiative | Climate Strong Islands Network
Related Sustainable Development Goals
No Poverty | Zero Hunger | Good Health and Well-Being | Quality Education | Gender Equity | Clean Water and Sanitation | Affordable and Clean Energy | Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure | Reduced Inequalities | Sustainable Cities and Communities | Life Below Water | Life on Land | Partnerships