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Participants from 15 different countries attended the 2012 Seascapes Workshop, held in the beautiful Verde Island Passage – which must make this one of the most diverse and talented meetings of marine field conservationists and scientists anywhere. Our theme was to think big, to spread the Seascapes Approach and its lessons to more places, and to leave a lasting legacy in the places where we work already.

Terry Gosliner from the California Academy of Sciences kicked us off with an impressive run-down of their recent expedition to the area, finding as many as 500 new species to science – amazing stuff.

Barry Spergel presented a wide range of examples of sustainable financing mechanisms from around the world, including government budgets; grants and donors; earmarked fees, taxes, fines and offsets

We emphasized sharing the model by identifying potential new seascapes, the importance of working with umbrella initiatives like the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans, informing policy, and exchange visits. We also discussed the ways in which the Seascapes approach adds value to other marine management efforts and scales of working.

Here’s looking forward to the 2013 Seascapes Workshop in Costa Rica!


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PHOTO CREDIT © Jeff Yonover


The Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, located between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, is known as the center of the world's highest marine biodiversity.

Karen Villeda

Marine Coordinator

Global Marine Division

Conservation International