We stand for making foundational change
Embodied in our mission and values, Pelagic upholds the following core principles:
1. Community-Centric Solutions:
At Pelagic, we champion community-centric solutions, recognising the unique needs, traditions, and aspirations of each community we engage with. Our approach involves collaborative decision-making, ensuring that local voices guide the design and implementation of conservation initiatives. By actively involving communities in the process and developing strategies for up-skilling community members, we empower them to become stewards of their environment and forge a sustainable future.
2. Education as Empowerment:
Pelagic firmly believes in the transformative power of education as a means of empowerment. We are committed to extending knowledge and skills not only to community members but to a diverse range of individuals, including conservationists, environmental enthusiasts, school groups, and citizen scientists. Through purposeful educational programs, our goal is to cultivate a profound connection between communities and their environment, instilling a shared responsibility for the well-being of both.
3. Adaptive Collaboration:
Embracing the complexity of environmental challenges, Pelagic advocates for adaptive collaboration. We understand that the conservation landscape is ever-changing, and we actively seek to learn, adjust strategies, and build partnerships with diverse stakeholders. By fostering a culture of flexibility and open-mindedness, we navigate challenges collectively, ensuring our initiatives remain relevant and effective.
4. Holistic Conservation:
Pelagic is committed to a comprehensive and interconnected approach to conservation, reaching beyond immediate environmental concerns to address broader socio-economic factors. We recognize the intricate relationships between environmental well-being, community prosperity, and economic stability. In embracing holistic conservation, Pelagic’s blueprint leads collaborative efforts across communities, academia, government, and citizen scientists. Our approach spans water-focused initiatives to inland projects within natural vegetation. We champion value chain integration and synergies among stakeholders in tourism, agriculture, food, and beverage, marking a new era for conservation with enduring solutions for ecosystems and communities.
5. Human Rights and Environmental Justice:
Guided by a deep commitment to human rights, Pelagic actively opposes injustice and advocates for equity in natural resource management. We believe that every citizen has the right to protection and defense against environmental degradation, resource decline, and natural disasters. Our work is rooted in respect for heritage, ensuring that communities are not only protected but also active participants in preserving their cultural and natural legacy.
Bohol Island, Philippines
Where Nature and Culture Unite
From its enchanting landscapes to its captivating wildlife and vibrant culture, Bohol Island continues to be a source of inspiration for those who visit. It’s a place where nature and culture unite, offering an unforgettable experience for all who are fortunate enough to explore its wonders.
This area contains at least 500 species of reef building corals in each ecoregion.
Cheers to the Coral Triangle
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program understands that successful coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished with domestic activities alone. Coral reef ecosystems around the globe are connected, and face many similar threats. The Coral Reef Conservation Program’s International group serves as the U.S. government’s technical and scientific body for strengthening governance and management capacity worldwide. In particular, NOAA focuses on efforts in the wider Caribbean, Micronesia, the South Pacific, and the Coral Triangle regions.
Coral Reef Conservation Program activities in the Coral Triangle include:
- Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements and Grants support local coral reef management capacity building, marine protected area networks, and coral reef monitoring in priority international locations, including the Coral Triangle. In 2019, the program awarded a two-year grant to Conservation International to implement community-managed marine areas and community-managed marine area networks in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
- The Coral Reef Conservation Fund is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Federation and allows the Coral Reef Conservation Program to award grants for international coral reef conservation activities, including grants for projects in Indonesia and the Philippines from 2018 to 2019.
- Coral Reef Watch uses remote sensing, modeled, and field data to observe, predict, and report on coral reef environments worldwide, including the Coral Triangle. Coral Reef Watch provides the only global early-warning system of environmental changes that can lead to coral bleaching.
- The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory collaborated with University of Auckland, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Conservation International, and the University of Miami on a study to select spatial priorities for conserving biodiversity in the Coral Triangle.
- Since 2009, the Coral Reef Conservation Program has served as NOAA’s point of contact for an agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide scientific services, technical assistance, and capacity-building support to a wide range of national and regional marine and coastal conservation initiatives in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, the Philippines, and the Micronesia region.
The Coral Triangle is one of the most diverse natural areas in the world, and NOAA is working diligently to protect and conserve the region for current and future generations.
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Wild Coast, South Africa
Where Beauty Meets Wilderness
Pelagic’s work in the Wild Coast aims to conserve and protect the region’s rich natural resources, foster an informed and harmonious relationship between people and the environment, and empower local communities in preserving their natural heritage. The projects implemented and supported by Pelagic Wake ontribute to the overall well-being of the region while ensuring its ecological health and vitality for generations to come.
In fact, a substantial portion of estuaries in the region lacks biological or ecological information. Urgent comprehensive surveys are required, especially considering the rising infrastructure developments, including a coastal highway, which may escalate the risk of overexploitation of coastal resources.
Is the Wild Coast in eastern South Africa a distinct marine bioregion?
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