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Blue Action Fund supports national and international non-governmental organisations in their efforts to conserve the oceans and coastlines in the developing world. While their critical importance is well understood, human pressure continues and oceans and coasts are under severe threat. Additional funding is necessary so that existing conservation efforts can be continued and scaled up and new ones commenced. To respond to the need for new financial resources, in December 2016 the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the KfW Development Bank (KfW), established the Blue Action Fund. In June 2017, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs joined as a donor. The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) became a donor in October 2018.

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Blue Action’s approach is not to create a new actor in implementing ocean conservation, but rather a new financial partner for NGOs who are successfully working in this field—enabling them to redouble their efforts with additional funding. Blue Action provides individual grants to selected conservation projects in marine protected areas (MPAs) and their buffer zones, focusing on the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Our goal is to contribute to reducing the dramatic loss of marine biodiversity and to advancing local development, for instance through stabilizing incomes in coastal communities or enhancing coastal protection. Interested organisations may submit their proposals in response to public tenders.

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Blue Action Fund concentrates on projects that result in measurable outcomes, including:

Newly established or better managed MPAs of regional importance or networks of MPAs;

Conservation of biodiversity and recovery of fish stocks;

Enhanced livelihood conditions and food security.

Supervisory Board


  • Markus Knigge


    Executive Director, Management Board
  • David Morrison


    Management Board
  • Nina Maier

    Nina works as a program manager at the Blue Action Fund. Her responsibilities include among others analysing and supporting development of project proposals, overseeing …

    Nina Maier, Programme Manager
    Programme Manager
  • Laura Werner


    Programme Assistant
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