An Ocean of Value

An Ocean of Value: priorities and approaches for funding effective marine conservation in the UK

(November 2018)


The healthy functioning of the ocean is critical to life as we know it. Three foundations – the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) – share a commitment to supporting projects that promote sustainable management and protection of the ocean.

We wanted to explore how we might work together to be more effective in funding marine protection in the UK. To do so, we surveyed leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs), practitioners and funders working on the UK marine environment, then invited 25 people from this survey group to a one-day workshop to discuss the challenges, opportunities and priorities.

The survey and the discussions that emerged from that workshop are expressed in this report. 

An Ocean of Value