Sustainable Seas Trust recognises that in a changing world in which pressures on ecosystems and biodiversity are growing, there is a constant need to find better ways to manage resources. Strictly speaking, one never manages the natural resources; they can care for themselves if left alone. It is what people do or do not do that will determine the future. Management, therefore, is of people. Ideally, people should be encouraged to choose to make wise sustainable choices and to act on those choices themselves. Sustainable Seas Trust is encouraging people to choose sustainable ways of life. It is also questioning aspects of management legislation and implementation.
Development and management of Marine Protected Areas are very valuable and are always part of the focus of Sustainable Seas Trust which is proud to have been associated with the development of the new Tanga Protected Area for coelacanths in Tanzania and to have worked with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority in South Africa.
Heavy use of resources leads to loss of ecosystem goods and services of value to people who depend upon the seas for their livelihoods and recreation. Sustainable Seas Trust is working with communities to not only protect the environment, but also to rehabilitate systems to restore goods and services.