Microsoft partners with The Nature Conservancy to celebrate and conserve our oceans

Taylor Simpkins watches the sunset from Whitsunday Peak. The GBR is known for its underwater splendor but the Whitsuday Islands offer above water grandeur.

Windows has teamed up with the Nature Conservancy to help conserve the world’s oceans. The project creates underwater habitat maps to increase understanding of how healthy marine ecosystems benefit people by producing food, removing pollution, protecting shorelines, and more. Leveraging this science and technology, the Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative is at work in more than 40 sites around the world including the Caribbean, Mexico, Micronesia, and Australia. The initiative sets out to calculate and quantify all that the ocean does for us in order to inform decisions and investments in this resource. This includes This covering 70% of our planet and supporting 100% of life on Earth; contributing 50-85% of the oxygen in the atmosphere; providing 17% of the global population’s protein; and supporting a $190 billion global seafood industry.

The Nature Conservancy will receive a $500,000 cash investment and technology donations from Microsoft as a partner in their Upgrade Your World Campaign.

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