There are few topics of greater interest to the marine conservation and planning field than financing. The reason: the field needs more of it. Most MPAs simply do not have the funds needed to address all their management needs, and MSP processes alike would benefit from improved financial support and expertise. The good news is that help is on the way. Organizations have emerged to help practitioners navigate the challenges of financing. Creative new opportunities are arising to generate new revenue streams. And private investors are starting to look at the field as a chance to fund conservation while making money at the same time. These developments signal substantial opportunities for growth in marine conservation financing.
The list below provides a snapshot of the state of the art in funding for ocean planning, management, and conservation — from diversifying funding streams, to starting successful endowments, to harnessing private impact investment, and more.