Oceans Without Borders

Vision and Objectives

Oceans Without Borders strives to catalyse positive change across our ocean footprint, through the care of the ocean, marine wildlife and people… Leaving our oceans a better place.

1. BASELINES – Establish infrastructure and knowledge management systems to inform decision making and track progress.

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.

3. CARE OF THE WILDLIFE – Support the protection of iconic species.

4. CARE OF THE PEOPLE – Work with communities to build authentic, trusted relationships, to facilitate community-led development initiatives, so that communities feel the benefit of marine conservation.

5. GLOBAL POSITIVE IMPACTMultiply positive impact on oceans globally through the engagement and education of &Beyond guests and collaboration with international initiatives.

Oceans truly have no borders. They are the ultimate commons, literally joined by the salty waters that flow around the globe – a fragile blue expanse that connects us all, and on which we are all intimately dependent. It is this very reliance that requires us to join forces and forge meaningful collaborations that transcend borders, cultures, classes, and sectors. This intention to build alliances to catalyse positive change across our marine footprint, lies at the very core of Oceans Without Borders.

Our strategy is underpinned and guided by our five core objectives. The foundational objective is to establish a comprehensive ‘Baseline Monitoring and Research’ programme to measure change and guide decision making at our focal sites of Benguerra and Vamizi Islands in Mozambique and Mnemba Island in Tanzania.

In line with this objective, over the past year we’ve focused on:

  • Reviewing the current state of scientific knowledge and history of conservation initiatives at each site
  • Identified key priorities
  • Allocated resources for further research, ecological monitoring and conservation work

Our second key objective, ‘Care of the Oceans’, aims to support and establish effective marine conservation areas, through working closely with local communities and partners. A highlight happening was the commencement of ‘Oceans Alive’, a major new collaborative research project, that encompasses a close working relationship with local communities to expand and develop marine conservation areas at Vamizi Island, a global touchstone of marine diversity.

On Benguerra Island, we’re now working closely with African Parks, while on Mnemba Island, we’re engaging with local government and tourism operators to rejuvenate marine conservation protocols in the Zanzibar Archipelago.

The establishment and management of marine protected areas requires comprehensive knowledge of marine ecosystems, including understanding the biology of iconic and ecologically important species. The initiation and expansion of key projects in the past year under our third objective, ‘Care of Marine Wildlife’ has aimed to do just that through our Conservation of Flagship Species’ initiative, and various co-operative ventures that cross marine borders to map the movement of marine animals and the connectivity of ecosystems, and guide ocean conservation efforts. Turtle monitoring continues to document breeding success on Vamizi and Mnemba Islands, while our team on Benguerra have been recording the presence of dugongs, whales, sharks and other key wildlife in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Through our ‘Care of the People’ objective, we aim to upskill and empower the local subsistence fisher communities, the ultimate custodians of East Africa’s diverse ecosystems, working closely with them to ensure shared value for marine conservation endeavours. On Benguerra Island the enthusiasm and passion of our new OWB Field Officer, Isaac Nhamirre, is proving infectious; on Mnemba Island, Bakari Jaha continues to inspire hundreds of local school students, while on Vamizi, the ‘Oceans Alive’ funding is set to ramp up our community engagement.

Our final objective aims to multiply positive impacts through our ‘Global Reach’. In addition to active social media channels and guest engagement, we’ve joined the global ocean conversation at inspirational  local and high-profile international events, including our participation at the Ocean Family Foundation’s ‘Ocean Talks’ event at the Royal Geographic Society in London, where we joined a panel to discuss the future of coral reefs.

Reflecting on the year that has past, it is again clear that our greatest wins have been when we have worked together. Oceans truly have no borders, and it is only through joining forces across political boundaries, cultural divides and economic and institutional sectors that we will secure a sustainable future for our oceans and all that rely on them.