Culture & Society

EcoOcean is an environmental organization dedicated to marine research and education with the primary vision to create a healthy, non-polluted environment in the Eastern Mediterranean. Proventus is the co-founder of EcoOcean and is committed to its long term funding.

The outcome due to the conflict of interests between governments, industry, and the environment is an increase of environmental pressures affecting the sea and the coast. Proventus believes that an independent non-profit sector is essential in the on-going effort to protect and create a sustainable marine and coastal environment.

EcoOcean was founded in Israel in 2002 with the primary goal of protecting the Eastern Mediterranean waters. By supporting marine research and education, EcoOcean contributes to a higher level of scientific knowledge, public awareness and scientific based decision making. By the year 2013, EcoOcean is heavily involved in environmental education programs, marine research, conservation projects, and international cooperation.

The organization's main tool for supporting research and conservation work is the research vessel, the Mediterranean Explorer. For the past ten years, the Mediterraenean Explorer has been involved in numerous research projects throughout the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. It has become an active player in conservation efforts and a platform for training thousands of young marine scientists.

EcoOcean strongly believes that education contributes to strengthening a healthy bond between man and his environment. Therefore, the Megalim education center was established for this purpose. EcoOcean has created a variety of hands-on educational programs customized for youth, adults, teachers and community leaders from all sectors of Israeli society.

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