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The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an American non-profit organization that focuses on environmental conservation, public policy, and marine conservation. It was founded in 1948 by J. Howard Pew, Mary Ethel Pew, Joseph N. Pew Jr., and Mabel Pew Myrin—the adult sons and daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew.

The Pew Charitable Trusts has worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on a number of conservation initiatives, including:

  • Defining industrial fishing in the context of marine protected areas (MPAs)
  • Promoting the 30 by 30 goal of protecting at least 30% of the world’s land and ocean by 2030
  • Reducing overfishing and illegal fishing
  • Protecting sharks and other marine life
  • Conserving coral reefs

The Pew Charitable Trusts and IUCN share a common goal of protecting the natural world. They work together to provide scientific research, policy analysis, and advocacy to support conservation efforts around the world.

Here are some specific examples of how The Pew Charitable Trusts and IUCN have worked together:

  • In 2016, Pew and IUCN worked together to define industrial fishing in the context of MPAs. This definition was adopted by the IUCN World Conservation Congress and is now used to help ensure that MPAs are effective in protecting marine life.
  • In 2021, Pew and IUCN launched the Global Ocean Alliance, a coalition of organizations working to achieve the 30 by 30 goal. The alliance is working to increase political support for ocean protection and to help countries develop and implement effective marine conservation plans.
  • Pew and IUCN have also worked together to reduce overfishing and illegal fishing. In 2012, they launched the Global Fishing Watch project, which uses satellite technology to track fishing vessels around the world. This information is used to help governments enforce fishing regulations and to identify illegal fishing activity.
  • Pew and IUCN have also worked together to protect sharks and other marine life. In 2014, they launched the Shark Alliance, which is working to end overfishing of sharks and to protect their habitat. The alliance has helped to ban shark finning in many countries and to increase awareness of the threats facing sharks.
  • Pew and IUCN have also worked together to conserve coral reefs. In 2018, they launched the Coral Reef Futures Initiative, which is working to develop and implement strategies to protect coral reefs from climate change and other threats. The initiative is working with governments, scientists, and local communities to develop and implement coral reef restoration projects.

The Pew Charitable Trusts and IUCN are committed to working together to protect the natural world. They believe that by working together, they can make a difference in the fight to conserve our planet.