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  • Critters in the sea

    By Louise Hyslop In the spirit of engaging with those who are passionate about the environment and the world around them, please see below a guest blog by Louise Hyslop about her recent diving trip to the Philippines.  Our oceans are at risk from a number of threats.   The carbon dioxide that we are pumping into the atmosphere is slowly…

  • A wave of change

    On Friday (19th June, 2015), the world moved closer to creating a conservation treaty for the High Seas – the vast body of water beyond national jurisdiction that covers over half of the Earth’s surface. A long process has been underway at the United Nations (UN) since 2006 to determine the need for such a treaty and to decide whether…

  • Spring 2015 Newsletter

    In November last year we turned 5 and as we approached that milesone we had a very busy 2014. We continued to support our excellent partners throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, Micronesia and Melanesia and developed a new portfolio theme, focusing on regeneration. We also hosted a glorious Biophilia Ball to mark both our fifth birthday and 50 years of The IUCN Red List…

  • Scientists call for an end to deep sea bottom trawling in UK waters

    Last week, I attended a meeting in Parliament hosted by former Fisheries Ministers Ben Bradshaw and Richard Benyon. Presentations given by marine scientists helped explain why deep sea habitats around the UK and Ireland are so important for both environmental and economic reasons. Yet currently these vulnerable habitats, the species they support and the services they provide are threatened by…

  • Shark Trust

    This week is the annual ‘Shark Week’ on the Discovery Channel. First appearing in 1988, Shark Week was originally developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks. Though now many of the shows take on a fictitious style (no a 50 foot Megalodon does not exist) the promotion of sharks during this week is still valuable. Facing threats all across…

  • Four Elements Ocean Challenge

    By Olivia Taylor In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Olivia Taylor who is giving her own perspective on Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The inaugural 2014 Four Elements Ocean Challenge, an open water swim in Durban, South Africa took place in perfect conditions along Durban’s iconic beachfront on Saturday,…

  • Bismarck Ramu Group and Act Now! Fred

    Location: Papua New Guinea. Bismarck Ramu Group and Act Now! are working to protect Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) natural and cultural heritage. PNG is home to the world’s third largest tract of contiguous rainforest and boasts immense coastal biodiversity. More than 800 languages are spoken on the island and most peoples’ lives are intricately connected with nature. Traditionally, 97 per cent of…

  • Mangrove Action Project Fred

    Location: Thailand. Mangrove Action Project is working on Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) in Thailand. Mangrove Action Project (MAP) works with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources. MAP’s five-pronged approach to mangrove conservation involves education, advocacy, collaboration, conservation and restoration,…

  • Shark Trust Fred

    Location: Europe. The Shark Trust’s public-facing campaign in European zoos and aquaria aims to raise awareness of fishing pressures on shark species. The Shark Trust works to improve conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. Its No Limits campaign will soon be launched across European zoos and aquaria (reaching 150 million customers a year). The campaign aims to mobilise…

  • Western Australia shark cull

    By Emily Miles In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Emily Miles who is giving her own perspective on shark culling.  On 26th January 2014, the Western Australian Government began a controversial shark-culling pilot programme. On 8th April, an application for a three-year extension was submitted to the…

  • The Gathering Storm

    Our oceans partner, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released a new report 'THE GATHERING STORM: Climate Change, Security and Conflict.'  This report finds that while climate change may not be the sole cause of conflict in the future, it will increasingly become one of the most important and decisive factors. In 2012 alone 31.7 million people were forced from their…

  • Who leads? Business or politicians?

    Commentators routinely describe how corporate interests trump public concerns when laws are being made. They demonstrate why, for example, it is difficult to pass policy that could improve public health, even when the need to do so is self-evident (see under: the tobacco and food lobby). But what happens when the public is able to influence business? The case for…

  • Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded ocean projects. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to advocate for strong European and international legislation to protect the deep sea. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow…

  • Wildlife Conservation Society

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded ocean projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society to empower Kenyan communities in sustainably managing their fisheries and protecting coral reefs. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow so…

  • The UN, the High Seas, and an agreement to (perhaps) develop policy

    Last Friday, the world's governments resolved to look into the possibility of developing a legal agreement to protect the high seas - the 75% of the ocean that lie beyond national jurisdiction. So far so good - except that the meeting giving rise to this resolution was held behind closed doors, excluding civil society bodies and pointing to a worrying…

  • Oceans Initiative Fred

    Location: Canada. Oceans Initiative, is working to develop a cost-effective and scalable tool to estimate marine mammal abundance, helping to reduce the threat from fisheries bycatch. Bycatch - the accidental death or injury of animals due to fishing – is estimated to kill 650,000 dolphins, porpoises and other marine mammals each year, affecting at least three in four species. Despite their…

  • Wildlife Conservation Society Fred

    Location: Kenya The Wildife Conservation Society (WCS) is working to empower Kenyan communities in sustainably managing their fisheries and protecting coral reefs. Kenya’s coastal ecosystems are diverse and economically important. They support activities such as fishing and tourism, and coral reef and seagrass habitats that act as feeding grounds for endangered species including sea turtles and marine mammals. The Wildlife…

  • OneReef Fred

    Location: Palau. OneReef is working to scale up coral reef protection across Micronesia, while providing long-term sustainable livelihoods to Pacific Islanders. Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on the planet; they are also one of the most endangered. Nearly two thirds are threatened by local pressures, such as overfishing, and even more are at risk when coral bleaching and…

  • Deep Sea Conservation Coalition Fred

    Location: Global. The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is advocating for strong European and international legislation to protect the deep sea. Since 2004, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) has advocated for greater protection of the deep seas – the largest remaining wilderness on the planet. Its campaign has focused on protecting vulnerable areas of the deep-sea from high seas bottom…

  • Food Choices - Part Two

    Following on from Food Choices - Part One, I continue to discuss the pressures placed on natural resources by meat production, specifically on water and its inhabitants. Water: In addition to direct impacts of land clearance and farming methods on freshwater ecosystems, including pollution and siltation; meat production requires huge amounts of water input -it takes much more water to…

  • A conversation with Dr Sylvia Earle and Dr Heather Koldewey

    Last Wednesday Synchronicity Earth and Project Ocean joined forces to host a lunch at Selfridges for members of the Environmental Funders Network (EFN), featuring a conversation between Sylvia Earle and Heather Koldewey. Sylvia Earle is regarded as a legend in the marine world with Time Magazine naming her their first ‘Hero for the Planet’. Sylvia was chief scientist at the…

  • The overwhelming economic case for protecting our seas

    By Alasdair Harris In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Alasdair Harris. Alasdair is the Research Director of Blue Ventures, one of our partners within our oceans portfolio.  Easter weekend saw the end of the UK government’s 3-month public consultation on the designation of new marine conservation areas around the coasts of England and…

  • BLOOM Association

    We're pleased to provide details about the ninth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting BLOOM Association in its campaign to end deep-sea bottom trawling in Europe. Click here to read more. More to follow on Monday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners.

  • Portfolios & Projects

    Our in-house team conducts research and analysis on a number of important themes in global conservation, as well as performing due diligence on charities. This helps us map out where the greatest needs are for conservation, what needs to be done, and the most effective organisations to partner with. This research forms the basis of our portfolios. These are made…

  • Oceans

    Oceans make up our biggest ecosystem, covering over 70 per cent of our planet. They provide many millions of people with food and livelihoods, buffer coastal communities against storms and the impacts of climate change, and produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere. The seas are also home to a huge array of life, from deep-diving giants…