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This island is parcelling off its ocean - for its own protection

Words by Abi Scaife

A small, Pacific Island nation has a new way to tackle ocean conservation.

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The nation of Niue is a small one, surrounded by a vast, beautiful ocean - one they are determined to protect. The new idea is this: to protect their oceans, they will be selling it off.

Selling it off?!

In a sense, at least - sponsors will be able to pay $148 to protect one square kilometre of ocean from issues like illegal fishing and plastic waste. 

The protection lasts for 20 years, thanks to the funding provided by each ‘purchase’ - and they are hoping to raise $18 million this way, protecting the ocean around them.

Niue will get the ball rolling by buying 1,700 units - one for each of its citizens. 

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Blue Marine Foundation. A charity dedicated to restoring the ocean to health by addressing overfishing, one of the world's biggest environmental problems. Support them here.

The Ocean Conservation Trust. A charity of Ocean optimists taking action to protect and restore nature for a thriving Ocean. Find out more here.

Marine Conservation Society. This charity is fighting for a cleaner, better protected, healthier ocean: one we can all enjoy. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs