Our Work

Marine scientists and experts at the Rome conference discussing elements of the consensus statement. (OSA photo, March 2016)

Marine scientists and experts at the Rome conference discussing elements of the consensus statement. (OSA photo, March 2016)

The Ocean Sanctuary Alliance was formed in 2014 as a not-for-profit platform engaging Member States, scientists, business and civil society committed to ocean preservation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

OSA has been active for many years with three groups: diplomats at the United Nations in New York, a worldwide network of marine scientists, and non-profit funders seeking to protect the ocean. Our goal has been to generate support for the establishment of ocean sanctuaries and to facilitate cooperation among these three groups to that end.

Prior to the 2030 Agenda adoption in 2015, OSA successfully advocated at the UN for the adoption of a stand-alone goal devoted to the Ocean, and fought to include the only measurable goal in SDG14: Target 5 of SDG 14: By 2020, conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law, and based on the best available scientific information.

OSA organizes meetings and symposia bringing diplomats and scientists together to explore solutions for the oceans. OSA also initiates and funds scientific research designed to promote the effective implementation of new ocean sanctuaries. OSA participates actively in international conferences, most recently including the International Marine Conservation Congress held in Malaysia in June 2018, the meeting in October 2018 of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the Blue Economy conference in Nairobi in November 2018.

With leadership from Italy, Poland, the Bahamas, and Palau, OSA organized the 10x20 Initiative at the UN to push for achievement of the 10% ocean protection goal.  The initiative presented conferences engaging diplomats and scientist in Rome and in New York.  


Information about other past activities of OSA can be found in the Archive section of this site.