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New Search Launched For Pioneering Projects Protecting Coastal Communities  

  • Projects invited to apply for up to USD$500,000 to scale finance and insurance products  
  • UK Blue Planet Fund financed Call for Proposals is part of the UK’s commitment to drive investment into coastal and ocean natural capital  
  • Call for Proposals opens today, Saturday 22 April 2023 to coincide with Earth Day / Month and closes on Sunday 2 July 2023 

London, Saturday 22 April 2023, Earth Day – The Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA) is today launching a significant search for pioneering projects which are developing innovative and scalable finance and insurance products.  

This latest Call for Proposals – financed through the UK’s Blue Planet Fund – is part of ORRAA’s continuing mission to catalyse the investment of at least USD$500 million into coastal and marine natural capital through the development and deployment of financial products that aim to build the resilience of 250 million climate vulnerable coastal people, by 2030. 

The Call is looking to back pioneering innovations, with up to USD$500,000 in support to nurture and scale the development of community-led finance and insurance products that build coastal and ocean resilience. 

Projects should be located or deployed in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Coastal Least Developed Countries (LDCs). They should lock in sustainable financing, align with local community priorities, and be climate, nature, and gender positive; they should enable the development of ocean and coastal Nature-based Solutions (NbS), support adaptation and resilience, or mitigate risk multipliers like overfishing and pollution. 

Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: 

“It is absolutely vital we continue to take concrete action to manage our ocean sustainably and drive forward our mission to protect at least 30 per cent of the world’s ocean by 2030, ensuring the international marine environment – and the communities who rely on it – can thrive.  

“Our £500 million Blue Planet Fund is already supporting pioneering projects around the globe, and I’m delighted to add our support to ORRAA’s new programme that will help deliver innovative community-led projects to build resilience, protect coastal communities and ultimately invest in the future of our marine environment.” 

Karen Sack, Executive Director of the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance said:

“As we mark Earth Day 2023 – with its theme “Invest in our Planet” – it is more important than ever that we focus on investing in the biggest biosphere on Earth: the Ocean.  

“This latest Call for Proposals is a key part of the strategy of building an investable project pipeline from the ground-up. Why? Because the lack of an investable project pipeline is the most mentioned issue raised by private sector investors as a barrier to investment. 

“We recognise the UK for its leadership in ocean resilience and supporting this hugely exciting call to find inventive and deployable financial and insurance products to protect coastal communities and our global Ocean.” 

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The Blue Planet Fund Call for Proposals webpage is here 


About ORRAA 

 ORRAA is a multi-sector collaboration connecting the international finance and insurance sectors, governments, non-profits, and stakeholders from the Global South to pioneer finance products that incentivise investment into coastal and ocean Nature-based Solutions. Our goal, by 2030 is to activate at least USD$500million of investment into this space, and in so doing, help build the resilience of at least 250 million climate vulnerable coastal people. 

About the Blue Planet Fund 

The UK’s BPS£500 million Blue Planet Fund supports developing countries to protect the marine environment and reduce poverty. The Fund, financed from the UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget, is an important part of the UK’s global leadership on marine issues which puts tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity as the UK Government’s highest international priority. 

About Earth Day / Earth Month 2023 

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet. 

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