The Bezos Earth Fund supports partners in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica to create and manage the largest transnational marine protected area on the planet. This seascape is home to unique marine mammal species and 90% of the coral reefs in the Eastern Pacific.
Protecting the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape
The Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape is among the largest intact seascapes left on the planet. It extends from Costa Rica to Ecuador and encompasses islands including the Galapagos (Ecuador), Malpelo (Colombia), Coiba (Panama), and Cocos (Costa Rica) — all recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This seascape has some of the highest endemic rates in the world and contains more than 90% of the coral reefs in the Eastern Pacific. It’s home to unique, irreplaceable marine mammal and seabird species that cycle between land, coastal, and sea ecosystems.
While more than 80 marine protected areas have been established in this area, conservation efforts have been incremental. They do not adequately protect the migratory species that depend on highly productive, connected marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
In 2022 the governments of Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica came together to propose the largest transnational marine protected area on the planet, covering 500,000 km2 — a size larger than California — including 300,000 km2 of new protected areas.
The Bezos Earth Fund stands with a coalition of funding partners to support the ambitious vision of the Ecuadorian, Colombian, Panamanian, and Costa Rican governments. Our funding supports efforts to expand existing and declare new marine protected areas, create conservation trust funds to provide long-term finance for protected area management and strengthen the management of these protected areas.