Our Challenge

The ocean is a life source. It adds $2.5 trillion each year to the global economy, feeds 3 billion people, holds more than half the world’s species and produces half the planet’s oxygen.

Yet the health and economic vitality of the ocean are under threat. Activities such as overfishing, habitat degradation, pollution and rising temperatures are causing rapid biodiversity loss. Fishing and tourism, as well as the well-being of coastal communities, are in jeopardy.

6x

The ocean could sustainably produce 6x more food than it does today

21%

Ocean-based solutions could deliver 21% of necessary emissions reductions by 2050

40x

A sustainable ocean economy can deliver 40x more renewable energy by 2050

12M

A sustainable ocean economy can create 12 million new jobs by 2030

Our Approach

WRI works to build a sustainable ocean economy by putting sustainability at the heart of ocean management. We aim to accelerate ocean action while raising the profile of the ocean on the international stage.

We convene the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) along with Friends of Ocean Action, working directly with heads of state and an international network of experts and partners in business, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and finance. We produce ground-breaking research exploring pressing challenges and solutions at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. And through the Ocean Watch open data platform, set to launch in 2021, we support the flow of science to policymakers working to develop sustainable ocean economies.  

14 countries committed to 100% sustainable ocean management in their national waters. Achieving this ambitious goal will require transformations in five critical areas.

The Ocean Program works to catalyze ambitious ocean action around the world by building on cutting-edge research and thought leadership. Explore all projects in depth.

  • Bottom of the ocean floor.

    High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

    Also known as the “Ocean Panel,” this unique initiative of 14 serving world leaders aims to build momentum toward a sustainable ocean economy.

    Part of Ocean
  • friends of ocean action turtle

    Friends of Ocean Action

    Friends of Ocean Action is a unique, informal group of over 65 ocean leaders who are fast-tracking solutions to the ocean’s most pressing challenges.

    Part of Ocean
  • Ocean from satellite

    Ocean Watch

    The Ocean Watch open data platform, launching September 2021, delivers science to policy makers developing sustainable ocean economies and operationalizing integrated ocean management.

    Launching September 2021.

    Part of Ocean

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