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New Heaven Partnership

New Heaven Partnership (NHP) teaches students how to dive while restoring coral reef areas.

Facts

Investee New Heaven Partnership (NHP), founded 2007
Location Thailand
Sector Education
Funding start 2012
Funding type Debt

 

Impact

Context

Coral Reefs cover less than 0.2% of the ocean floor but support 25% of all marine life. More than 450 million people live within 60 kilometers of coral reefs, with the majority directly or indirectly deriving food and income from them. Currently the coral reefs are deteriorating at 2% per year. If the present rate of destruction is allowed to continue, 60% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed over the next 30 years.

Solution

  • NHP trains divers with a hands-on approach to learning about the coral reef environment and a wide range of research and restoration techniques used by professionals around the world
  • NHP works to raise ecological awareness through publishing research papers and conducting training sessions for public and private sector organizations

Impact depth

NHP aims to:

  • Increase the number of reef conservation divers and public awareness of the importance of marine conservation
  • Expand the area of coral reef under protection
  • Spread the Program’s marine conservation practices to diving schools and other relevant organizations

NHP directly benefits the environment and local populations in the following way:

  • Increase income: Improved economic benefits for fishing and tourism derived from a sustainable and healthy marine ecosystem
  • Long term sustainability: Direct positive impact on marine creatures and indirect positive impact on the coastal communities
  • Sustainable economic development: Continued economic activities that depend on the presence of a healthy marine ecosystem
  • Empowerment: Improved freedom of choice for coastal community members
Impact Reach 2012 2013 2014 2015
# of students trained 111 131 127 140
# of artificial reefs deployed n/a 31 42 54
Area of coral reef under care (sqkm) 1.0 1.3 1.5 1.7

SDGs

By investing in NHP, we align with and contribute to five of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.