We Focus on Impact
With support from us, communities and local partners protect 500,000 acres of reef for an annual cost of $2/acre. We finance stewardship functions, provide immediate benefits to key stakeholders, and foster a measurable ecological response that produces community-wide benefits. When we invest, communities receive jobs, new skills, and healthy reefs.
As our partners address illegal fishing and see local management capacity grow, we see a “spillover” effect into neighboring communities that want to create the same long-term change. OneReef has been invited to work with communities across the Asia-Pacific region that want to protect their coral reefs, their heritage, and their livelihoods.
We now have an opportunity to scale up to 1M acres of reef protected — a breakout scale — to achieve even greater conservation outcomes with our community partners.
We have a successful process of piloting projects with communities, assessing impact, expanding our programs as capacity grows, and enabling regional impact. At a breakout scale, the benefits from economies of scale, information sharing, and social movements become enormous. Training through peer-to-peer exchanges becomes efficient, tech support for remote locations becomes cost viable, and more robust measures of impact can inform development of key delivery systems.
By leveraging the benefits of breakout scale, we can then grow to 2.7m acres, ~25% of Micronesia reefs — and move to other parts of the Asia-Pacific Region.
It is critical that Asia-Pacific reefs are conserved and protected from overfishing, climate change, and more, both for the local people who have traditionally lived in concert with them, and for coral reefs’ global biological and cultural importance.