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Maria Damanaki

Global Managing Director, Oceans

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Maria Damanaki is the Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy. She leads a global team focused on transforming how the world manages its oceans, including sustainable fisheries management, large-scale protection and restoration of coral reefs and other ecosystems, coastal resilience, and a first-of-its-kind mapping and quantification of the full value of the world’s oceans to people.

She believes that the only path to lasting, tangible results for a sustainable blue economy is collaboration across public, private and civil sectors – at both global and local levels – while always respecting the needs of both nature and people.

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Would Brexit really help our fishing communities? Prospect - June 20, 2016

What’s the Future of Ocean Conservation? Huffington Post - June 6, 2016

Letters: Don’t ask the Leave campaign for an economic policy – it’s a referendum, not an election
The Telegraph - June 6, 2016

Sustainable Ocean Development Is Possible: Q&A With Maria Damanaki Huffington Post June 4, 2016

Nature’s Answer to Climate Risk Project Syndicate - May 26, 2016

International Law Tightens Grip on Illegal Fishing Huffington Post - May 23, 2016

Lessons on Fish Migration Crucial for Protecting Communities, Livelihoods and Food National Geographic - May 19, 2016

Earth Week: Protecting our Oceans through Trade Policy Tradewinds - April 21, 2016

If You Want to Go Quickly, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together. Huffington Post - March 1, 2016

Blog - State of the Environment 2016
Environmental Business Journal - February 10, 2016

There's no such thing as truly 'pristine' nature anymore
BBC - February 8, 2016

A Bluefin Tuna for $118,000: Going, Going … Gone? National Geographic - January 26, 2016

Talking tuna with Maria Damanaki Monterey Bay Aquarium - January 20, 2016

Oceans running out of fish as undeclared catches add a third to official figures The Ecologist - January 19, 2016

Pacific Islands’ marine reserve: Safe haven for depleted tuna and new holiday spot Eco-Business - December 16, 2015

With the Global Climate Deal in Paris, the Real Work is Ahead National Geographic - December 15, 2015

The Ocean Is a Global Climate Solution National Geographic - November 20, 2015

All Hands on Deck Ocean Watch - November 1, 2015

Can Financial Innovation Make Oceans a Global Climate Solution? Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking - November 1, 2015

Ending Rouge Fishing Project Syndicate - October 5, 2015

The Ocean Economy BBC - June 10, 2015

2015 Sustainable Oceans Summit at Georgetown Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance - April 25, 2015

Former European Union Maritime Commissioner Maria Damanaki to Lead The Nature Conservancy’s Global Oceans Programs The Nature Conservancy Press Release - December 11, 2014

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Maria Damanaki is the Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy. She leads a global team focused on transforming how the world manages its oceans, including sustainable fisheries management, large-scale protection and restoration of coral reefs and other ecosystems, coastal resilience, and a first-of-its-kind mapping and quantification of the full value of the world’s oceans to people.

She believes that the only path to lasting, tangible results for a sustainable blue economy is collaboration across public, private and civil sectors – at both global and local levels – while always respecting the needs of both nature and people.

With over 30 years of public service in Europe, Maria most recently served the past four years as European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Under her leadership, the Commission was able to bring fish populations back to healthier levels—from as few as five sustainable stocks in 2010 to up to 27 today. In just the next five years, the continuation of her fisheries policy efforts could lead to 15 million more tons of fish in the sea, 30 percent more jobs and the equivalent of over US $2 billion in additional revenue. She also introduced and implemented the Blue Growth agenda for Seas and Oceans in Europe, which aimed to create 1.6 million new jobs and the equivalent of US $750 billion in revenue by 2020 in sectors such as coastal tourism, ocean energy, and marine biotechnology. In addition, she established legislation to create a common framework for Marine Spatial Planning to map and better manage maritime activities across EU countries.

Maria previously served as a member of Greek Parliament for more than 25 years, and was the youngest-ever Member of Parliament when she was first elected in 1977. She became the first woman to lead a political party in Greece in 1990, preceded by being the first woman elected as Vice President of Parliament in 1986.

Born on the Greek island of Crete, Maria graduated with honors from the National Technical University of Athens with a Master of Science in chemical engineering. There, she played a leading role in the underground student opposition of the Greek military junta. She has authored four books on European issues, human rights, education and women’s rights.

Maria is based in the Conservancy’s London office. She enjoys traveling and spending time around the Greek islands with her three grown children.

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Phone: 703-841-5371
E-mail: kullman@tnc.org

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