What We Do

Our Vision: Inclusive solutions for resilient reefs and secure communities

Our Mission: To build innovative and diverse partnerships to achieve effective and enduring protection of critical marine habitats and the people who rely on them. We develop local capacity through a unique collaborative approach that integrates local/traditional knowledge and practices with modern science and technology for collaborative conservation solutions.

We are working together to advance adaptive management and conservation in Micronesian outer islands

Here is a LINK to the webinar we just aired on November 30.  An overview of our organization and a chance to meet key members of our team!



Our Approach

One People One Reef develops unique solutions to ocean management and conservation.  We work in collaboration with outer island communities to bring traditions and modern science together in a revolutionary approach to sustainable ocean management.

Micronesian Outer islanders from the remote atolls of the Yap and Chuuk outer islands in the western Pacific have sustainably managed their oceans for centuries, even millennia. Their culture, traditions and livelihoods  are  intimately linked to the reefs that surround their islands. However, their future is threatened by rapid environmental and cultural change. In 2010, they recognized a decline in fish populations and reef health, along with human health challenges. They asked for help to learn more about how to manage a sustainable food supply from their oceans in the face of these changes, a critical issue for their present and future wellbeing.  We are a team of scientists and community leaders who came together to respond to the outer islanders’ call for assistance. Our response was a revolutionary approach that lets communities lead through traditional management backed by modern science. Explore our website to learn more about our program’s history, approach, and what makes us unique. We have also posted reports, papers and media for those of you who want to delve a little deeper.  Feel free to contact us for more opportunities to support, collaborate and get involved!

One People One Reef works closely with Bluecology, whose mission is to preserve marine wildlife and ecosystems through community-based programs which foster informed choices that will reduce adverse human impact on the marine environment.

For it is true that the ocean unites us and brings us together, but the reef sustains us in so many ways.

-Sabino Sauchomal