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A Non-Governmental Organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2013.

New ZealandThe Conservation for the Oceans Foundation was created to support grassroots-level conservation, education and research projects that bring about positive changes to ecosystems worldwide through local, multi-stakeholder, actions. The Foundation focuses on conservation of water quality, biodiversity, climate change, coral ecology and sustainability for ecosystems and human lifestyles.



CFTO will be holding a side event at the UNFCCC COP-20 in Lima, Peru: “Ocean and Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change: Measurement, Mitigation and Educating Stakeholders.” Also, be sure to stop by and see our exhibit booth December 1-12, 2014¬† entitled, “Climate change affects physical & biological properties significantly within ocean & coastal areas and present information about understanding, financing, protecting & restoring these natural areas integrating¬† transparent communication, mitigation, & measurement practices.”

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See the Ocean NAMA Network’s article in Outreach Magazine covering the Third International Conference on SIDS on September 3, 2014.





Foundation History

In 1990, as part of a regional analysis of the World Aquarium’s development of its educational objectives, the need became apparent for regional coordination of conservation actions and education. Working in conjunction with regional governmental and non-governmental organizations, the World Aquarium established guideposts for multi-stakeholder involvement and designed a plan of action to involve educational, research and conservation activities.

In 1996, the World Aquarium published the book, Conservation and Management of Ornamental Fish Resources of the Rio Negro Basin, Amazonia, Brazil – Project Piaba to develop field level expertise. At the International Aquarium Congress in Monaco in 2000, the World Aquarium instructed and guided for public aquariums to expand their conservation, education and research initiatives. In 2002, the World Aquarium expanded its conservation focus while working with UNESCO for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands to develop an international multi-stakeholder organization called the World Ocean Network. In 2006, the Conservation for the Oceans Foundation was founded to expand the World Aquarium’s focus worldwide.

At the Conservation for the Oceans Foundation, we work with regional initiatives that can create lasting changes in conservation by utilizing multi-stakeholder strategies. To learn more about our initiatives, please select from the following:

The Journal of the Water Planet is being replaced with the World Aquarium. If you would like to continue receiving our newsletter, please sign up to the World Aquarium E-newsletter!

The Journal of the Water Planet has been created and distributed to:

  • publish scholarly works on aquaculture, public aquariums, climate change, coral ecology, sustainability, conservation issues, and science inquiry-based education, and environmental awareness and understanding;
  • promote a common platform for international debate on aquatic issues, understanding and concerns;
  • bridge the gap between community, government, non-government organizations, schools, and scientific efforts utilizing a popular media outlet;
  • promote contact between diverse cultural and geographical areas and foster involvement in world-wide conservation, education and research;
  • serve as a reference base for future studies and as a record of past research;
  • endorse efficient international communication between scholars and the various centers of research;
  • provide readers with a broad base of information in aquatic-related fields; and
  • broadly disseminate news in conservation, research and education to encourage cooperation and collaboration.

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