In the United States, almost half of its land area is owned by the American public and managed on their behalf by government agencies. A good number of water bodies pass through these public lands, hence any pollution or environmentally-destructive activities done along these water bodies can potentially affect marine life as well.
Due to that, the Centre for Marine Biodiversity also uses a wide variety of its resources at its disposal in order to ensure that public lands are helpful in preserving the rich biological diversity present in the marine environment.
Ocean ecosystems are interconnected with terrestrial ecosystems, which is why well-maintained public lands are also essential in preserving marine biodiversity.
Aside from that, worldwide climate change is usually caused by terrestrial activities. In order to fulfill the core mantra of the center, public lands are also part of its concern as most methods to fight climate change such as carbon capture and sequestration, natural via trees or artificial, are done usually in public lands.
In its end, the center advocates the use of sound science, just laws, green policies, and strategic collaboration to protect and restore ecosystems that would be of critical use to marine biodiversity.
The center believes that efficient use of public lands will be of help in order to protect current niches of different species. While not directly a priority, the center advocates for sustainable land use that would not harm species and ecosystems – from use of organic fertilizers to opposing unsustainable logging. This is done through legal ways such as lawsuits, policies, and lobbying to usher sustainable use of public lands that would in return ensure the survival of many species both terrestrial and aquatic.
We work toward a future in which both marine and terrestrial ecosystems continue to work in sync to ensure the survival of its constituents.