Marine Conservation

The ocean takes on overriding importance in the 21st century. Known to cover 71% of the Earth's surface and to have bred the earliest life form, it plays a crucial role in the global economy and community. On a wide spectrum from the formation of global climate and ecological framework to the human acquisition of energy and food, failures to address problems in marine conservation would give a devastating blow to humanity.

Blue Pioneers

Unfortunately, the ocean remains one of the weakest links in human knowledge: much less about it is known than about the cosmos. The lack of knowledge, as well as over-exploitation and insufficient conservation actions, has resulted in various problems in marine ecology, including pollution and debris, overfishing, habitat loss and degradation, and the destruction of coastal zones. (Food and Agricultural Organization) FAO estimated that 70% of the world's fish stocks are being depleted and that such depletion is twice as fast as forest depletion.
As an updated measure to better protect global ecology, the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was officially adopted in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010, hoping that by 2020, the world's marine protected area will reach 10%, but up till now only 4.8% has been accomplished across the globe.
In 2016, we launched a Blue Pioneers Program to build marine conservation capacity among Chinese nonprofit organizations and have since gained some international influence.
Initiated together with Yintai Foundation and other international partners, the Blue Pioneers Program started in 2016 for marine talent training. The goal is to raise 100 professionals and 20 nonprofit organizations for marine conservation in the following 10 years.


In 2017, Blue Pioneers worked with the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, to conduct an MSEM class in marine conservation, which 20 students attended.
In 2018, we launched the Second Blue Pioneers at Duke Kunshan University and selected 20 young people into the training program. Packard Foundation continued to provide support by promoting capacity building for China's marine conservation through Blue Pioneers.
In 2018, the Blue Pioneers finished three terms of classes, conducted the field trip to the Sun Bay in Sanya and the Daling River Estuary in Liaoning. The Blue Pioneers Roadshow made its debut in November 2018 to provide venture capital for five Blue Pioneers targeted projects.
In 2018, one of the students of Blue Pioneers, Wang Miao, won the United Nations Young Champion of the Earth for Asia and the Pacific, and two student institutions received the China Marine Social Enterprise Award, and the other four institutions received funding from other foundations.
The Blue Pioneer Program gained wide recognition in 2018. The King and Queen of Norway held talks with Co-chair Jack Ma and the Blue Pioneers delegation on October 18, 2018. Blue Pioneers will continue to advance civil talent training for marine conservation.