OCEAN VITALITY

Die Schweiz für die Ozeane

La Suisse pour les océans

La Svizra an afvur digls ozeans

La Svizzera per gli oceani

 

the blueprint
SWITZERLAND FOR THE OCEANS

We operate on the premise there are seven billion stakeholders for the oceans.

We interpret this premise in a way that understands there are common as well as conflicting interests from different sectors.

 

Our philosophy tells us the universe is not black and white and we are prepared to question both

popular and unique positions from all sides of the spectrum.

Our primary function is to bring diverse influencers together so that individuals and organisations can explore impactful innovation; forging new and practical solutions that take advantage of shared knowledge, collaboration,

new and shared resources, and common purpose.

Our point of reference is to support Ocean Vitality and it is expressed in this way:

"Ocean Vitality is a consequence of thoughtful activity throughout the marine environment, so that

all stakeholders can benefit whether they be in conservation, in industry, or in nature."

Positioning ourselves Without Bias is our overarching rule which allows us to operate freely between diverse and contrasting interests. This adherence to neutrality makes our proposition effective for all stakeholders, and it is especially viable for diametrically opposed stakeholders whose interests may be in conflict on the surface but with investigation the potential for reconciliation can be more available than might initially be supposed.


 

Why it matters

Acidification, warming, 
habitat destruction, coastal pollution and overfishing are destroying the oceans.

Pink Sea

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to improving ocean health, but there are challenges which, if faced urgently, will allow the oceans to recover.

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How we work
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Our aim is to create opportunities to develop shared understanding, deepen knowledge and foster support for common long-term goals.

We bring together people - like conservationists and the blue economy - who want to address the challenges. 

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What we do
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We convene forums to drive debate, hold challenge events , and inspire volunteers and donors to raise funds

for conservation projects.

 We are 100% volunteers.

We give funds, organise forum and challenge events, and set
wheels in motion.

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Projects we support today

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Ocean Vitality Forum
Zürich, October 2021

Switzerland for the Oceans are hosting its fourth edition of the Ocean Vitality Forum.

We are making an important step forward from earlier editions in designing this forum as an action oriented event with potential for delivering significant resources and finance to support food security coupled with blue conservation.


 

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Aeolian Islands

"In September we are starting a real push to make Salina (in the Aeolian Islands) plastic bag free. We getting the press behind this and making a real statement -  setting an example throughout the whole Mediterranean."


 

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Mediterranean

Monk Seals

"The protection of the monk seal is not only an environmental issue, but a social and economic issue as well. The monk seal is a symbol of the Mediterranean."


 

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Aldebaran

"The research and media vessel Aldebaran travels the oceans as the independent voice of the sea. On board, scientists and journalists are, literally, 'in the same boat'."


 

Our Story

FIVE YEARS

Now it does feel that some time has passed since we first got round the table.
Look what's happened.
 

Our Volunteers

The funds received through the support of Switzerland for the Oceans has... reinforced the protection of the critically endangered Mediterranean Monk seal around the island of Gyaros, Greece. It has strengthened the work of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, for the conservation of this safe haven, sheltering the densest population of
Monk seals in the world.
 Read more.

Bernard Fautrier
Chargé de missions auprès du Ministre d'Etat

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

 

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