the ocean defenders project
Ocean Defenders are at the forefront of efforts to protect the oceans against threats to the marine environment and human rights
A rapid acceleration of economic development in marine and coastal environments is leading to environmental injustices and human rights issues.
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Ocean defenders worldwide are actively defending their territories, the marine environment, and human rights. This platform provides a space to share stories relating to the experiences, struggles and resistance efforts of ocean defenders, and to learn about the types of actions that can be taken to support ocean defenders.

Learn more from real-world case studies of ocean defenders.

A brief introduction
to ocean
defenders

What is happening in the oceans?

The oceans have always been a frontier for economic activities. Increasing global demand for resources has sparked an accelerated race for food, materials, and space within the ocean realm. The rapid pace of growth and increasing scale of economic activities in the ocean poses significant challenges for the marine environment and coastal populations. Where ocean development is pursued without restraint, environmental and social injustices and human rights issues are occuring.

Who are ocean defenders?

Ocean defenders are individuals and groups who take action to defend and protect marine and coastal environments and the human rights of coastal populations against existential threats. Ocean defenders often have to confront an array of challenges, including routine marginalization, criminalization, threats, violence and assassinations, as they resist economic activities that pose risks to established relationships with and human rights to healthy marine and coastal ecosystems. Local groups and networks of Ocean Defenders are active in all regions of the global oceans.

What is the goal of this website?

The Ocean Defenders Project is a collaborative initiative that aims to increase understanding of, raise the profile of, and bring greater support to ocean defenders worldwide. This website is a portal for sharing stories and knowledge on the struggles and resistance efforts of ocean defenders, resources that might be valuable to ocean defenders, and insights into actions that can be taken by allies to support ocean defenders. Outputs from the project will be shared on an ongoing basis.

The Ocean Defenders Project is a collaborative initiative that aims to increase understanding of, raise the profile of, and bring greater support to ocean defenders worldwide. This section of the website provides information about the aims, activities and outputs of The Ocean Defenders Project, as well as project the collaborators, advisory group, and funders and partners who make this work possible.

About the project

Learn more about project objectives, collaborators, advisors, partners, and funders.

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