Earth Week Interview With Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, the CEO of the Global Environment Facility

It’s Earth Week and we caught up with Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, who became the CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) last year, to talk about his plans for the GEF and a new partnership launching today.  The Blue Nature Alliance is a collaboration led by Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the GEF, Minderoo Foundation, and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.  Their goal is unprecedented in terms of geographic and time scales — the Alliance aims to protect and conserve 18 million square kilometers of the ocean by 2025 –– that’s an area twice as big as the continental United States and larger than the continent of South America. This could give a real lift to the global effort to conserver 30% of the ocean by 2030. Carlos Manuel said of the growing movement to protect more of the ocean,

“There is political appetite to protect 30 percent of the global ocean by 2030. The Blue Nature Alliance is a catalyzer that can help large-scale ocean conservation and support the growing interest of countries to go beyond their traditional terrestrial approach and be able to achieve this global objective of protecting 30 percent of the ocean. This is within the jurisdiction of the waters of the countries, and the next step will be going all the way to the high seas where we have a lot of possibilities to increase sustainable management of those resources out there.”

Watch the whole interview — it is worth your time!

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