April 7, 2020 – April 9, 2020 all-day
William Hull

Due to growing concerns with the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the BFG Board of Directors is cancelling the Marine Conservation Program meeting in Washington. DC.  We apologize for the lateness of this cancellation, but events over the past few days have made it clear that we could not go forward as planned.

We will be exploring alternative means to bring at least some of the planned program to members of the BFG Marine Conservation Program through webinar, Zoom meetings and alternative methods.



Please join your Biodiversity Funders Group Marine Conservation Program colleagues for an opportunity to learn and collaborate!

Annual Meeting (Start at dinner on Tuesday, April 7 and conclude by noon on Thursday, April 9)

The annual meeting serves as a venue to stay up to date with marine conservation issues, learn from one another, and find new ways to improve grantmaking in marine conservation. Specifically, we will:

Hear from a range of experts to improve our understanding of emerging issues in ocean conservation
Explore new science, tools and approaches to ocean conservation and grantmaking in the sector
Learn from each other’s grantmaking experiences and discuss opportunities and challenges in funding ocean conservation
Connect and build relationships with one another, setting the stage for future information sharing, coordination and collaboration

The diverse agenda of this year’s Marine Conservation Program annual meeting focuses on what’s new in ocean philanthropy; how climate change is being taken into account in marine conservation grantmaking; efforts to protect 30 percent of the ocean by 2030; addressing threats to civil society; transparency in global fisheries management; and small-scale fisheries management.

As you can see from the draft agenda, we are purposely planning for significant time for the small group informal discussions that you have told us are of such high value to you. As the program develops, we’ll keep you abreast of any changes. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!