Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

The Ripple Effect – Capacity Development for the Ocean

The New England Aquarium (through its global Marine Conservation Action Fund [MCAF] Program)

Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, Project, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, South Pacific Ocean, Sustainably feed the global population, Understand and beat marine pollution

This initiative brings together a diverse multi-national partnership to address the critical need for capacity development in ocean science, literacy and conservation in low- and middle-income countries.

We seek to strengthen systems (funding, mentorship, recognition, learning, communication and evaluation) that address the challenges of the Ocean Decade and support the capacity to deliver ocean science and leadership, which is central to healthy oceans and sustainable development. This will proactively advance the integration of capacity development in the design and implementation of priorities for the Ocean Decade.

Our project focuses on collectively scaling up support of local leaders in their efforts to develop conservation capacity in stakeholders such as fishers, youth, community members, and new emerging leaders in ocean conservation.

We are extremely excited to work with our project partners below to help achieve the decade’s goals by 2030:

Start Date: 08/06/2021
End Date: 08/06/2024

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Global Ocean Corps and Conveyor

Lead Contacts: Elizabeth Stephenson ( and Emily Duwan (