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The coalition of European foundations committed to protecting the ocean with MEDSEA is born at the UN Ocean Conference

The MEDSEA Foundation (Italy), the Fondation de la Mer (France) and the John Nurminen Foundation (Finland) joined and launched the coalition of European foundations for the protection of the oceans. 

The occasion was in Lisbon, on the occasion of the United Nations Ocean Summit from 27 June to 1 July, where the three foundations and their respective representatives announced the creation of a European coalition of foundations dedicated to protecting the ocean. "In a context of climatic and biological emergency, this initiative makes it possible to strengthen actions on the ground, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean, passing through the Atlantic and without forgetting the Overseas Territories - reads a note explaining the initiative - The foundations of this approach all benefit from strong local and institutional roots. They are recognized for their action, with a broad approach to science-based ocean issues”. 

The new coalition strengthens the impact of each of the partner foundations on their key programs. It will also make it possible to create new common projects and bring a common voice. This approach should also allow for new funding to provide greater support for ocean protection. 

At the launch of the coalition, three initial areas of intervention were identified: the restoration of marine ecosystems, the fight against plastic pollution, the transformation of business models with the “Ocean Approved label”.  

Other foundations are expected to join the newly created coalition in the coming months. 

 

About the MEDSEA Foundation 

The MEDSEA Foundation, based in Cagliari, works to protect the marine and coastal ecosystems of the Mediterranean and its cultural heritage. Since 2015 she has been involved in several projects to restore Posidonia oceanica meadows, protect coastal wetlands and reduce single-use plastics, including Maristanis and Plastic Free Med. It creates laboratories for recycling waste from offshore activities to transform them into solutions of design such as the Blue Eco Lab. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art nature-based models, tested first in Sardinia, to rapidly adapt to climate change and halt biodiversity loss in the Mediterranean Sea. 

 

About Fondation de la Mer 

Faced with the climate emergency and the degradation of life in the oceans, committed personalities from the maritime world and civil society (navigators, heads of associations, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, etc.) created the Fondation de la Mer in June 2015 to respond to the various problems related to the ocean. The Fondation de la Mer supports hundreds of local actors to strengthen and accelerate their positive impact on the ocean. In addition, it implements its programs to protect marine biodiversity, combat pollution at sea, support research, encourage innovation, inform and raise awareness among the public. 

 

About the John Nurminen Foundation 

Founded in 1992, the mission of the John Nurminen Foundation is to preserve the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations. 

The objective of the Foundation's environmental projects is to improve the state of the Baltic Sea through concrete measures that reduce the nutrient load and environmental risks that the sea faces. Our work is driven by measurable results and impacts. 

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Alessio Satta (MEDSEA) with Alexandre Iaschine and Philippe Guy from Fondation La Mer
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