Nature and the world’s oceans are vital assets for a cruise operator, hence the Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation’s commitment to support The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The partnership signed by Costa’s parent company is for an initial period of five years focusing on support for the project Mapping Ocean Wealth, including coral restoration initiatives.

Specific to the Mapping Ocean Wealth program, ocean ecosystems are as varied as they are valuable. Seagrass meadows are veritable fish factories-serving as nurseries for many important species. Recreational snorkeling and diving amidst coral reefs and kelp forests are primary interest activities for tourists to these destinations. For resource managers and community planners, oyster reefs support important fisheries, filter pollutants from the water and break wave energy, reducing the impacts from storms.

The provision of funding for this project is in line with our commitment to advancing the cause of preserving and managing the health of the world’s oceans. Oceans provide half of the oxygen we breathe, food and livelihoods for millions around the globe, medicines to treat disease and support for our thriving coastal economies. Mapping ocean wealth and evaluation of marine and coastal resources and their impact will help guide investment decisions for conservation in the regions concerned.