Hinemoana Halo Ocean Initiative (H2O)

Hinemoana Halo Ocean Initiative (H2O)

Hinemoana Halo Ocean Initiative (H2O) 1000 540 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Conservation International Aotearoa – New Zealand

Named after the Māori goddess of the Ocean, Hinemoana, The Hinemoana Halo initiative promotes and enables the self-determination of Indigenous Maori and Pacific Island communities to protect, manage, monitor and restore 2.2M KM2 of coastlines and high seas by 2030.

Through development of a $100 million finance vehicle called the Hinemoana Halo Ocean Fund (H2O Fund), the initiative will support creation of marine protected areas, facilitate recovery of whale and other taonga species populations, develop verifiable indigenous-led carbon ++ credits (carbon+biodiversity+heritage), foster biocultural knowledge exchanges, and showcase replicable models of indigenous climate leadership. It seeks to blend ancient wisdom with new economic incentives and science for enduring, equitable and community-led conservation solutions that sustain ocean biodiversity and ecology while securing dignity and climate resilience across Oceania.

Start Date: 08/01/2022
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Schannel van Dijken (svandijken@conservation.org)

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: South Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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