Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS)
Since 2004, the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) has been supporting Conservation International and partners to protect the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS). Known as the ‘Serengeti of the Seas’ for the large marine animals it hosts, the ETPS inspires us globally and supports over 5M people locally. It is an expanse of nearly 2 million square kilometers of ocean spread across Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica and includes the majestic oceanic islands of Cocos, Coiba, Gorgona, Malpelo and Galapagos. These, along with a network of coastal sites make up a protected core from which a sustainable seascape – with sustainable economic development – can be created and maintained.
EcoAdvisors has been working in the ETPS since 2012, helping to transition from creation of the seascape to a sustainable future. Our primary client is the Walton Family Foundation, who is committed to securing long-term financing for the core network of marine protected areas. We also work with Conservation International and their partners, including national environmental funds, to help secure management, and structure and leverage funds for long-term conservation success. Our role spans facilitator – of processes and systems, translator – between organizations and sectors, builder – of enduring structures and governance mechanisms, mobilizer – of leveraged resources, communicator – of value and success, and innovator – of new revenue streams to support lasting conservation.
Our collective goal is to secure over 4Mha under protection and raise 30M USD for long-term sustainable management.