Publications and Regulations
During 2019, MarViva worked in support of strengthened legal frameworks to regulate human activities in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. We facilitated multisectoral processes for planning, creation, and participatory governance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia. We empowered community stakeholders in the consolidation of responsible fishing and rural tourism value chains, improving resilience of the natural resources and quality of life of the coastal populations. We certified multiple points of sale under principles of environmental and social responsibility in the commercialization of marine product validated in compliance with fishing best practices. We promoted legal and voluntary measures in deterrence of marine litter by single-use plastics. We sensitized countless audiences in the civil and political realms on challenges and opportunities for marine conservation and sustainable development, such as public participation and transparency in marine stewardship, climate change mitigation and adaptation, illegal and over exploitation of marine resources, responsible consumption of marine products and services, High Seas sustainability, and social progress for integral coastal development.
The achieved accomplishments are the result of tireless effort on behalf of MarViva’s team, with the support of our Board of Directors and multisectoral allies, including donors, public institutions, private sector, community-base organisations, media, academia, technical and scientific experts, suppliers. To all, thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication, and trust.
MarViva Foundation, created in 2002, is a regional, non-governmental, non-profit organization. Our mission in to promote the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, with vision of healthy and biodiverse oceans in benefit of the present and future generations.Download
Institutional Memory: 15 yeas in favor of our ocean
MarViva has raised awareness about the ocean, it’s seascapes, and resources being essential to our wellness and sustainability, for which they require greater protection and responsible, innovative, and constant management.
In collaboration with authorities and civil society organizations, MarViva has demonstrated that it is possible to use the ocean, while protecting its enormous richness and guaranteeing food security and sources of income for coastal communities and industries.
We promote public-private partnerships to advance the conservation and management of marine biodiversity and spaces. We ensure access to scientiﬁc information for appropriate decision-making. We provide multi-sectoral participation in planning processes of marine areas. We promote the consolidation of responsible markets for use and consumption of marine products and services. We strengthen local and institutional capacities to optimize the use of the technical and ﬁnancial resources of all relevant stakeholders. We disseminate knowledge and experiences throughout Latin America and beyond our borders. In short, we act to ensure the sustainability of the marine and coastal expanse.
On our 15th anniversary, we celebrate our founders’ vision and generosity, Dr. Stephan Schmidheiny and Mrs. Erica Knie (RIP), and appreciate the endorsement of our allies and partners who have strategically supported MarViva since it’s creation in October of 2002, as well as the support and work of those who have joined our mission since then
MarViva Foundation: Our world is the ocean
MarViva is a regional, non-pro t organization, with mission to impulse the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Eastern Tropical Paci c, envisioning a biodiverse and healthy ocean in bene t of present and future generations.