Ocean Giants Trust differs from most other international NGOs. We emphasise the importance of integrating and applying international scientific research with local conservation and education, by partnering with local conservation groups.
Ocean Giants Trust, unlike the majority of organisations, does not put its own staff in charge of operations, instead the management and ultimate ownership of project rest with local conservation groups. Ocean Giants Trust is strongly opposed to “green colonialism”.
Ocean Giants Trust assists with technical expertise, such as marketing, fundraising and publicity when requested, but wherever possible supports the development of local expertise, by funding study tours and training.
Ocean Giants Trust encourages small-scale, sustainable development, so that projects can become financially independent. This is in contrast to many international projects which attract lavish initial funding, but then require annual aid in order to continue.
Ocean Giants Trust believes that it is important to be able to quantify results, and demonstrate to our donors and stakeholders that a real difference is possible, and is being made.
Ocean Giants Trust does not hoard reserves of cash, overheads are low because we are administered entirely by volunteers, but we will keep enough to pay essential bills; we believe Ocean Giants Trust should spend as much as possible on research, conservation and education projects which contribute to saving Ocean Giants from extinction.
Our organisational values
We spearhead new solutions and advocate improvement in current approaches
We seek partnerships with international and local organizations to achieve our aims
We seek to implement long-lasting solutions on both regional and community levels
We strive to expand the knowledge of all stakeholders and ourselves
We retain our passion and determination to succeed even in the face of adversity
Our team culture preserves a spirit of adventure and enables personal and professional growth