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The Sea Change Impact Financing Facility (SCIFF)

The Sea Change Impact Financing Facility (SCIFF) is a collaborative effort to develop an open ocean financing architecture designed to drive at least USD$1 billion of private investment into coastal and ocean ecosystems, with a focus on the Global South, by 2030. This will provide a springboard from which to mobilise at least USD$2.5 billion of broader finance capital.   

The SCIFF complements ORRAA’s development of an investible project and product pipeline from the ground-up by building out the large-scale investments needed to build the capital markets for the Ocean – an ocean financing ecosystem. It will also integrate sustainable blue finance into broader climate and biodiversity finance so that it becomes second nature to invest into planetary health on land and at sea.    

ORRAA launched the SCIFF concept at the One Ocean Summit hosted by President Macron in Brest, France, in early 2022. The Alliance has worked since then to further develop the vision to accelerate and unlock investment, to innovate and scale. 

ORRAA will be working together with its members on a blue finance delivery roadmap between now and 2025. This will include developing financing instruments, bridging policy frameworks, building financial literacy, and developing pathways and scalable tools to unlock financing for coastal and ocean resilience and regeneration.

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The SCIFF:
  • Supports an open architecture for global coastal and ocean finance, complementing the efforts of impact funds, NGOs, corporates, asset managers, institutional investors, development banks and facilitating the entry of additional sources of capital into the space. 
  • Focuses on delivering positive adaptation and resilience outcomes, that are nature and climate positive, and bring integrity and equity to investments through the full engagement of local communities and locally-led initiatives.
  • Integrates insurance tools, guarantees and concessional capital to de-risk investments, helping to attract additional capital to accelerate investment into coastal and ocean resilience. 
  • Deploys an integrated set of standards and guardrails with mission-led governance based on strong Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Country (LDC) representation. 

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The SCIFF will ensure that the perspectives and priorities of stakeholders from the Global South are fully integrated into its functions, and that gender diversity and equity are central. It will offer all key partners a seat at the table and encourage cooperation and learning.

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SCIFF’s Sectors:

The SCIFF is focused on investing into ocean, coastal nature and resilience that builds the adaptative capacity of communities, drives biodiversity positive outcomes and is integral to securing comprehensive climate-smart solutions. Its various components focus on six sectors:  

Ocean Conservation
Investment into projects to improve biodiversity and resilience in coastal communities, creating business opportunities through marine protected areas, ecotourism, payments for ecosystem services and blue carbon

SCIFF’s financial components:


Looking forward to 2025, ORRAA’s main objective is to develop the core components of a coherent sustainable ocean financing ecosystem. 

This multi-layered facility will provide an architecture that complements and responds to efforts already underway. 

ORRAA is now navigating forward by focusing on the deployment of four new blue financing instruments over the next three years:

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Neptune Fund

A single donation to The Neptune Fund will work towards ocean conservation action for the next 8-10 years. It is an expendable endowment that allows both capital and income to be spent on ocean conservation, thereby providing reliable, long-term support to locally-led ocean conservation for some of the most threatened and overlooked marine species and ecosystems. 

For organisations supported by the fund, longer term core operational support means better planning for annual funding cycles, ultimately making them more effective by supporting the knowledge, culture, and experience of local communities and Indigenous Peoples. Initially, the fund will focus mainly on investments into Southeast Asia, Melanesia and the East Indian Ocean, regions with exceptionally high levels of marine biodiversity, but which face key gaps in resourcing. Neptune has grown from an initial investment of USD$50,000 to a USD$500,000 facility in under a year. 

Established. Discover more here.

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Outrigger Ocean Impact Fund

A dedicated ocean impact fund focused on investing into sustainable and regenerative blue economy Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Small Island Developing States to tackle the ‘missing middle’ (USD$1 – USD$10 million ticket size) financing gap in Small Island Developing States/Large Ocean States. 

Feasibility Complete. Establishment Phase underway. Working towards a first close of the Fund in the middle of 2024 and currently engaging with cornerstone investors.

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Nautilus – The Ocean Guarantee Company

A means of de-risking investments into sustainable blue economy sectors through the provision of guarantees. 

Feasibility Complete. Establishment Phase underway in partnership with the Development Guarantee Group.

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Octopus Desk

A blue blended finance marketplace platform connecting eligible blue resilience project developers with investment partners seeking environmental, social and financial returns. Enabling sustainable blue economy transaction match-making and technical assistance for investors and project developers. 

Development Phase: Ongoing in partnership with Investable Oceans.

In addition, the SCIFF team is scoping and assessing the feasibility of three additional cornerstone components.

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Blue Bond Incubator

Assisting in the development and deployment of blue bonds in SIDS and developing coastal countries through technical and financial services to those countries and companies looking to issue blue bonds.

[Feasibility Phase]

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30×30 Ocean Regeneration and Resilience Facility

Assessing the feasibility of an insurance premium levy on the core business classes using the Ocean to cover the costs of 30×30 designation, monitoring and enforcement, as well as post-disaster resilience rebuilding for SIDS and LDCs. Feasibility work starts in January 2024. 

[Feasibility Phase]

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Catalytic Blue Resilience (C-Bed) Facility

Assessing the viability of a USD$250-500 million catalytic scaled facility for concessional finance instruments such as subordinated debt, concessional loans, and circular grants.  

[Feasibility Phase]