The Oceano Azul Foundation was established in 2017, with the motivation to contribute to a healthier and more productive ocean. Under the motto “From the ocean’s point of view”, the Foundation works around three concepts: blue generation, blue natural capital and blue network. Using a science-based approach, the model of change of the Oceano Azul Foundation integrates these three concepts supporting projects on literacy, conservation, sustainable fisheries, campaigns, blue economy and capacity building namely working with governments, foundations and civil society organizations, within the UN and the EU systems, to advance the international ocean agenda.
Co-funded by Oceano Azul Foundation and Oak Foundation.
Gathers an international, diverse network of ocean stakeholders behind a call to action to positively influence ocean governance.
Blue Natural Capital
A programme by the Regional Government of the Azores, in partnership with Oceano Azul Foundation and The Waitt Foundation.
The programme aims to protect 30% of the Azorean Sea with Marine Protected Areas at least 15% of which are fully protected. To implement management plans for all MPAs, to legally implement a marine spatial plan and to improve fisheries management.
In partnership with the Regional Government of Madeira, National Geographic Pristine Seas and Waitt Institute
Expand the protection surrounding the waters of the Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve, the most pristine ecosystem in the Northeast Atlantic. Strengthening the protection of the Selvagens Islands contributes to increasing marine biodiversity, genetic richness, and the reproductive capacity of species. This expansion created the largest fully protected marine protected area in Europe and the North Atlantic and allows the promotion of economic development in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, through the valuation of its natural capital.
Algarve Reef Marine Park – Pedra do Valado
Partnership between the Oceano Azul Foundation and CCMAR – University of the Algarve together with Albufeira, Lagos and Silves municipalities and involving more than 70 stakeholders.
Create a new, community-driven, marine park, supported by science, to protect an extraordinary science, to protect an extraordinary and endangered biodiversity hotspot – Portugal’s largest coastal rocky reef – and the economic activities that depend on it.
Expedição Oceano Azul Cascais | Mafra | Sintra
Partnership between the Oceano Azul Foundation and Cascais, Mafra and Sintra municipalities together with the Government of Portugal.
Scientific expedition in the waters adjacent to Cascais, Sintra and Mafra municipalities, investing in deeper scientific knowledge of this marine region to learn how best to protect it.
This expedition will open the way for a vital survey of the region’s natural values and provide a global assessment of its marine biodiversity.
Blue Bio Value
Blue Bio Value Acceleration
Accelerates cohorts of blue bio businesses that operate along the value chain of marine bioresources, specifically in the blue biotechnology sector, developing sustainable services and products contributing to the healthier use of ocean resources. Serving also as a sustainable alternativefor tackling the primary challenges that the world faces, whilst subsequently attracting talent and knowledge to Portugal.
Blue Bio Value Ideation
Facilitates the development of new marine bio-based businesses, and close the gap between academic research and the market by bridging science, technology, engineering, mathematics and management.
Educar para uma Geração Azul
In partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Promotes ocean literacy among children, aged between 5 and 11, through certified training for primary school teachers and educational resources to use in class.
The programme developed a digital platform exclusively for primary school teachers as an important tool for training sessions and building a Blue Generation Teachers Community.
The programme has also a digital platform that was created exclusively for primary school teachers. It is an important tool for b-learning training sessions, and allows monitoring and communication with the Community of Blue Generation teachers. Different digital educational resources are available in the platform and the sharing of best practices is promoted.
Save the Future Movement
Involving more than 400 organizations. Build a national network of environmental NGOs and citizen movements focused on ocean protection and cooperative initiatives to build a unified movement. Promote large-scale annual public initiatives including Earth Day; COOL and COOL Azores; International Coastal Clean-up Day; Month of the Sea.
Under the motto “The ocean is our land”, we bring together as many organization as possible during one week, to carry out practical and theoretical activities dedicated to protecting the ocean and planet.
International CleanUp Day
Oceano Azul Foundation joined European Union during a week of coastal and underwater clean-ups. Over 385 Portuguese organizations and entities organized 204 cleanup actions from the north to the south of the country, including the Azores and Madeira.
Month of the Sea
The National Body of Scouts (CNE), the Portuguese Association of Girl Guides (AGP) and the Scout Association of Portugal (AEP), with the support of the Oceano Azul Foundation and Oceanário de Lisboa, celebrate the “Month of the Sea” in November 2022, via a wave of national clean-ups of beaches and waterways throughout the country.