EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.
Healthy oceans depend on healthy islands.
Today, our interconnected oceans and islands are in great peril. Climate change, ocean degradation, invasive species and biodiversity loss are causing entire land-sea ecosystems to collapse, and island communities are disproportionately impacted.
WE CAN HEAL OUR OCEANS BY RESTORING AND REWILDING ISLANDS
We aim to restore at least 40 globally significant island-ocean ecosystems from ridge to reef by 2030 to benefit people, wildlife and our planet.
Partners and Supporters
Island Conservation, Re:wild and Scripps Institution of Oceanography launched the Island-Ocean Connection Challenge in Spring, 2022. Our growing list of partners and supporters includes:
Indigenous Peoples and island communities have long understood and managed their natural resources in the context of island-to-sea connections
Western conservationists and researchers have only recently begun to fully appreciate the importance of holistic conservation actions across land and sea. For example, island and marine ecosystem elements cycle into one another, sharing nutrients vital to the plants and animals within them. Fish from the oceans feed birds that travel great distances to remote islands. Those birds deposit nutrients on islands, creating flourishing vegetation and feeding nutrients back into ocean habitats, plants, and animals. The entire process then begins again.
Building a Global Community
From the Caribbean to the South and West Pacific, the Central Indian Ocean, and the Eastern Tropical Pacific, we are engaging with potential IOCC partners, NGOs, countries, and communities to identify the island-marine ecosystems and communities that could benefit most from these holistic restorations.
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