Oceanário de Lisboa and Oceano Azul Foundation present the 3rd edition of the Ocean Conservation FUND. This edition is based on the theme of "Marine Invertebrates. Protect the ocean, the future of the Planet" and it is a 150,000-euro fund to support projects that contribute to the conservation of marine invertebrates species.
We know that about 97% of the total number of species of animals currently on Earth are invertebrates. However, it is estimated that only 10% of these species are known.
Invertebrates are key populations in all ecosystems on the planet, particularly in marine ecosystems. This large group of animals, not very often taken into consideration in conservation efforts, includes a lot of species with severe conservation problems related to human activity, such as fishing and harvesting, habitat destruction, climate change and pollution among many others.
The 3rd edition of the Ocean Conservation FUND aims at addressing critical challenges related to the conservation of marine invertebrates species.
The winner projects will be announced in November.