The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated $2 million to the international funders’s collaboration Oceans 5, which works to establish marine reserves and stop overfishing in the world’s oceans.
The grant will provide support to projects including:
- A new coalition of four conservation groups, working to strengthen controls on illegal fishing in the European Union, the world’s largest seafood market;
- A local organization in the Republic of Kiribati, working to implement the world’s fourth largest marine reserve, located in the Central Pacific;
- A coalition of three organizations working to improve fisheries enforcement in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador, including construction of a radar facility on Cocos Island;
- A group of Cook Islanders working to create a marine park within a territory that is three times the size of California;
- Several organizations working to create Arctic marine reserves in Canada, Greenland and Russia.
“Oceans 5 is an exciting new platform for marine conservation,” said DiCaprio. “Working together with other philanthropists, we are making smarter, more impactful investments for the future of our planet. The sad truth is that less than 2% of our oceans are fully protected. We need to change that now. My foundation supports Oceans 5 projects that are directly improving ocean health by stopping overfishing and creating marine reserves.”
Oceans 5 began in 2011, and includes eight donors that have thus far supported 13 ocean conservation projects, with a focus on results oriented grantmaking.
The Oceans 5 grant continues DiCaprio’s recent high-profile activism for climate change and philanthropy, including being named a UN Messenger of Peace and delivering a speech at the 2014 UN Climate Change Summit last month.