About OneOcean

What is it?

OneOcean is an unbranded, collective drive to promote the urgent need to enhance human wellbeing through ocean protection, safeguarding the key services which the ocean performs for our planet. Informed by the work of scientists and other experts, the initiative provides a unified platform for ocean groups and aligns effort around four major needs:

  • maintaining momentum for ocean protection during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • new targets to protect at least 30% of the ocean by 2030;
  • achieving a robust treaty for the High Seas;
  • emissions reductions to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius; and
  • increasing ocean resilience to climate breakdown by reducing other stressors.


The OneOcean initiative shares information and data freely in support of ocean protection. We are committed to inclusivity and openness with opportunities for all participants to share the collective platform and raise specific ocean issues and concerns.

The initiative is collegial, respectful, inclusive and committed to non-violence.

We are all invested in the health of the whole ocean and support the core goals for ocean protection identified for the period.

The project was designed by a group of individuals within the marine campaigning space, who recognised the need for aligned action across the period in question and to make best use of key opportunities in the external world. They were informed by the work of a group of scientists and other experts convened to consider the major interventions needed to protect the ocean.

The project is funded by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation with in-kind support from guide NGOs and other partners. It is hosted by Communications Inc, which provides core support services.

All the work of the project is unbranded and designed for use by those aligning with it, under their own mantles and banners.