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. 


Support island communities, their livelihoods and local economies 

Save endangered species and increasing biodiversity

Increase climate resilience on islands vulnerable to flooding and erosion

Galvanize governments, NGOs and funders to take action

Dramatically benefit the surrounding oceans and marine protected areas 

Contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We aim to begin holistically restoring 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:  

  • American Bird Conservancy
  • Birdlife International
  • BirdLife South Africa
  • Charles Darwin Foundation
  • Cookson Adventures
  • Danny Faure Foundation
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Ebiil Society (Palau)
  • Fundemar
  • Galapagos Conservation Trust
  • Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
  • Government of Chile
  • Government of Dominican Republic
  • Government of Ecuador
  • Government of Palau
  • Government of Panama
  • Island Conservation
  • Journeys With Purpose
  • The Katherine and Peter Dolan Family Foundation
  • The Kingdom of Tonga
  • Leo Model Foundation
  • Marisla Foundation
  • Marshall Islands Conservation Society (MICS)
  • Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA)
  • The Mouse-Free Marion Project
  • North Equity Foundation
  • Ocean Finance Company
  • Oceankind
  • One Reef
  • Rare
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Réserve Naturelle Nationale de Saint-Martin
  • Re:wild
  • Salesforce
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
  • Société d’Ornithologie de Polynésie (Manu)
  • Sonsorol State, Palau
  • Tetiaroa Society
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • US Virgin Islands – Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Wanderlust Fund

Traditional wisdom

Indigenous Peoples and island communities have long understood and managed their natural resources in the context of island-to-sea connections

Emerging science 

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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Together, we can restore, rewild and protect islands, oceans and communities!