A partnership between &Beyond and Africa Foundation, Oceans Without Borders strives to catalyse positive change across our marine footprint (&Beyond’s Mnemba, Benguerra, Vamizi Islands and Phinda Private Game Reserve) to leave our oceans a better place by applying our proven care-trilogy to the ocean, marine wildlife, and coastal communities, never forgetting that our &Beyond guest experience lies at the heart of our vision.
Oceans Without Borders Objectives
- Objective 1 (Baseline) –To facilitate world class research in order to inform decision making and track progress
- Objective 2 (Care of the Ocean) – Support the improved effectiveness of marine habitat conservation and the establishment or enlargement of marine protected areas (MPAs), seeking higher conservation status
- Objective 3 (Care of the Wildlife) – Support the protection of iconic species
- Objective 4 (Care of the People) – Through collaboration and coordination with local communities, facilitate community-lead development of sustainable marine resource use practices, and alternative revenue and food sources that reduce marine dependency.
- Objective 5 (Global Reach) – Multiply positive impact on oceans globally through the engagement and education of &Beyond guests and collaboration with international initiatives
The current marine landscape
&Beyond and our community partner, Africa Foundation, understand that our world’s precious marine resources are under threat.
- Coral reefs and marine wildlife worldwide are facing unprecedented threats from local and international pressures and global climate change.
- More than 30 million people live along coastal shoreline, with this number expected to double before 2030. Many of these people are heavily directly reliant on local ecosystems for their livelihoods and food security.
- Rapidly rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere are driving ocean temperatures up and causing increasingly frequent and severe coral bleaching events around the world.
- Approximately 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean annually. Plastic pollution in our oceans has dire implications for all marine life, as well as humans who consume it higher up the food chain.
- Coral bleaching is increasingly causing widespread loss of coral habitat. According to various scientific sources, we experienced the longest global period of coral bleaching from 2014 to 2017. The frequency, intensity and extent of bleaching are entirely unprecedented, with scientists estimating that more than 30% of the world’s reefs have been severely impacted by bleaching.
- If we don’t act now, we may face a world without coral reefs and the multitude of species that they support by 2050 or sooner.