BENEFITING: Conservation International
If it's raining where you are, the ocean played a role. If you drove to work, the seas are absorbing the carbon dioxide from your car. If you ordered seafood for lunch, it may have traveled halfway around the world to land on your plate.
No matter where you live on Earth, what you do affects the ocean – and what happens to the ocean affects you.
CI's efforts to protect our planet and the ocean that covers 70 percent of its surface are diverse and far-reaching. Your donation to symbolically save a mile is an important component of our success.
All contributions will help support CI's efforts globally, including the ocean and other habitats that foster amazing species and provide incredible benefits for us all.
The recent Gulf oil spill is a stark reminder that our planet's ocean and shorelines are extremely vulnerable. And it underscores the challenges inherent in the drive to extract fish, oil, gas, minerals and other commodities from the ocean for human use. While Conservation international (CI) does not work directly in the Gulf region, we are monitoring the situation constantly and providing input and guidance to many of our partners who have the knowledge and practical expertise to contribute to the recovery efforts. Your contribution to save a mile will help support CI's efforts globally, including the ocean and other habitats that foster amazing species and provide incredible benefits for us all.
While marine-protection expenses vary across regions and projects, the cost of ensuring effective long-term management and protection is estimated to be $75 per cubic mile, per year. (What's a cubic mile? A full square mile of ocean on the surface and, where the ocean is deep enough, to a mile below the waves.) This figure is derived from specific and quantifiable experiences in the Galápagos Islands (where $4 million annually protects 33 million acres) and Abrolhos ($1.37 million per year to successfully manage a protected area network that aids 13,840,000 acres of coast and sea).