The Honda Marine Science Foundation is an initiative to help restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience. The foundation supports efforts that improve and preserve coastal areas for future generations.
The Honda Marine Science Foundation's mission is to help restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience.
As a company committed to the environment, Honda supports efforts that address the most pressing environment challenges. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of sato-umi - the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can harmoniously coexist - Honda set out to address the impact of climate change on our oceans and intertidal areas.
In 2015, Honda began studying the oceanic and aquatic impacts of a rapidly changing climate, such as ocean acidification and rising sea levels. Honda also researched human impacts on marine environments, including water pollution and overfishing. Company representatives met with a number of marine science and management experts to determine the most meaningful ways Honda could contribute. Each meeting reinforced the magnitude of the problem, but also sparked an optimism that cross-sector collaboration could facilitate successful ocean conservation and restoration. From that optimism, the Honda Marine Science Foundation was established in 2016.
The Foundation has identified critical projects that support our mission of marine ecosystem restoration and climate change resilience, and will work to actively support these projects.
In partnership with the UC Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, the Honda Marine Science Foundation supports pioneering research into native California oyster restoration. Restoring native oyster populations provide a myriad of ecosystem services to other species while bolstering the natural shore infrastructure to withstand the impact of rising sea levels.
The Foundation will be announcing support for additional projects. Please check back soon.
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The Honda Marine Science Foundation Board is comprised of Honda representatives and experts from marine sciences fields. Board members serve varying term lengths of one to three years.