The Ocean is the source of life and at the center of who we are. The oceans and their coasts are also among our most valuable resources. While their critical importance is well understood, human pressure continues and oceans and coasts are under severe threat. Additional funding is necessary so that existing conservation efforts can be completed and scaled up and new ones commenced.
To respond to the need for new financial resources, in December 2016 the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the KfW Development Bank (KfW), established the Blue Action Fund.
Blue Action Fund supports national and international non-governmental organizations in their efforts to conserve the oceans and coastlines in the developing world.
Blue Action finances individual grants to selected marine/coastal conservation projects in marine protected areas (MPAs) and their buffer zones, focusing on the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Their goal is to contribute to reducing the dramatic loss of marine biodiversity and to advancing local development, e.g. through stabilizing incomes in coastal communities or enhancing coastal protection.
Interested organizations may submit their proposals in response to public tenders.
Blue Action’s approach is not to create a new actor in implementing ocean conservation, but rather a new financial partner for NGOs who are successfully working in this field—enabling them to redouble their efforts with additional funding. They are seeking particularly to support actions that:
-take an integrated, multi-pronged approach (i.e., contribute to marine protection as well as poverty reduction, sustainable & equitable use, community-based protection, etc.)
-are scalable and if successful could be not only sustainable but transformative;
yet at the same time have the potential to show early impacts and results
-look beyond protecting a single marine protected area (MPA) and consider MPA systems and/or promote regional approaches.