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Protecting the Ocean's Last Wild Places

The National Geographic Society and Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to identify, survey, protect, and restore the last truly wild places in the ocean. Through exploration, scientific research, economic and policy analysis, and outreach, we work to establish marine reserves where marine life can thrive—while ensuring that they will be effectively managed for years to come.

Partnering with heads of state, local governments and communities, NGOs, and business leaders is critical to our success. Pristine Seas is one of National Geographic’s key initiatives dedicated to environmental preservation. The National Geographic Society is the largest nonprofit supporter of the environment in the world.

Since its launch, Pristine Seas has worked with key partners to help protect more than three million square kilometers of ocean territory.

Learn more about Pristine Seas and our other work to explore and protect the planet at

About Explorers Week

Meet This Year’s Class of Emerging Explorers

Meet This Year’s Class of Emerging Explorers  

Learn more about explorers who are making a difference and changing the world.

Explorers Week Schedule of Events

Explorers Week Schedule of Events  

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