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Promoting marine conservation

Preserving diversity – our commitment to protecting the oceans.

Overfishing, pollution, extraction of raw materials, tourism, climate change – these and other impacts of human activities endanger the biodiversity of the seas. But the oceans are vital to us. We are therefore committed to healthy oceans.

Inspiring politics

We spread good solutions for more protection of seas and their inhabitants – among decision-makers and the general public. 


We convince decision-makers at the highest level of the need to protect the marine environment and provide them with information about the global situation and possible solutions.

Creating extensive protection zones

According to many scientists, 30% of the oceans and, if possible, 30% of land areas must be protected by 2030.

Current projects

Protecting 30% of the oceans by 2030

The global goal of protecting 30% of the oceans by 2030 was agreed at the 2022 Conference on Biological Diversity (CBD). We were actively promoting this measure in Montreal back then. In the run-up, we worked with over 115 countries in the High Ambition Coalition and the Global Ocean Alliance. The task now is to implement the decision at all political levels. To do this, we need an effective high seas agreement in the near future.

Creating high seas agreements

About 64% of the sea surface is in international waters. Particularly here it is important to place large areas under protection. However, apart from in Antarctica, there are hardly any areas where this is legally possible. A high seas agreement must first be created within the framework of international maritime law, which can provide the framework for such high seas protected areas. We are actively involved in the high seas agreement with a number of other international environmental organisations.

Protection of Antarctica

Antarctica, with its rich marine life, is considered one of the last paradises. Three protected areas are being developed here now. We call on the federal government to work at the highest level to advocate their implementation.

Best Marine Conservation Policies

Back in 2012 we asked the question: How can we save our seas and oceans? Find out more about the innovative policy solutions that we recognised as the world’s best coastal and marine protection policies with the 2012 Future Policy Award and have been spreading ever since.

Publications & Downloads

Brochure: Future Policy Award 2012

The brochure presents the Future Policy Award winning policies for marine and coastal protection.

Videos & Webinars

The webinar featured the Future Policy Award winner: the Philippines Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act. This reef is a hotspot of coral reef biodiversity. The webinar also addressed the need to create a high seas treaty within the framework of the international law of the sea (UNCLOS).

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Ralf Sonntag

Ralf Sonntag

Senior Advisor – Oceans