Blue Guardians: A New Clinton Global Initiative Partnership

Blue Guardians partners

Two and a half years ago, the Waitt Institute launched the Blue Halo Initiative, through which we partner with governments and communities as they envision, design, and implement sustainable ocean management for their waters. In the time since, we supported the Caribbean island of Barbuda in passing meaningful legislation that zones the island’s entire coastal waters and protects 33 percent of them in marine reserves. This year we began working with the islands of Montserrat and Curaçao.

Starting today, we hope to be able to devote even more resources toward sound ocean management with the launch of “Blue Guardians,” a partnership with DigitalGlobe, SIDS DOCK, Clinton Climate Initiative, the World Bank, and others. Broadly, this program, announced yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York City, will “protect oceans and enable blue economies.” (See press release.)

Why is this needed? As described on the CGI website, “The lack of affordable, high-quality geospatial and climate data needed by SIDS to plan, finance, and manage urgently needed mitigation and adaptation programs continues to make them highly vulnerable to the devastating economic, social, and environmental impacts of climate change. However, if properly managed, these ocean and coastal areas also present the greatest opportunity for island nations to capture sustainable economic benefits while increasing their resilience to climate change.”

Through our participation we hope to further support the creation of comprehensive ocean plans based on science and grounded in community priorities. In particular, this partnership enables us to expand our support for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that wish to develop national climate resilience strategies and attract sustainable investment into coastal communities and marine and fisheries conservation.

Blue Guardians aims to raise a $100 million multi-donor trust fund to be managed by the World Bank —> Read More