For years, there has been chronic underinvestment in our oceans. Underfunded and shrinking budgets at the federal, regional, state, and local levels have left critical habitats unmapped and unprotected; reduced scientific investments; hampered restoration efforts; and impeded new, impactful initiatives such as restoration, coastal and marine spatial planning, and ecosystem-based management.
In 2011, The Nature Conservancy is launching a 12-month study to identify new and innovative financing strategies to fund ocean and coastal conservation, restoration, and planning initiatives. To learn more about this important and exciting project, please see the "Marine Conservation Finance Fact Sheet" or contact Michelle Lennox at email@example.com
Michelle Lennox, Marine Policy Research Associate
The Nature Conservancy