Oak Foundation is a group of charitable and philanthropic organisations established in various countries. Oak Foundation commits its resources – primarily to not-for-profit associations – to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.
Oak Foundation's Environment Programme focuses on marine conservation and climate change issues in geographically distinct areas.
Oak Foundation's Marine Conservation goals are:
- In Europe, to ensure that European fishing fleet practices, in both European waters and abroad, become sustainable and reflect the intent of the European Common Fisheries policy by 2015;
- In the Mesoamerican Reef Eco-Region, to develop an ecologically representative network of marine reserves that maintain the health of the barrier reef ecosystem and its wildlife, and that support the food security and sustainable economic development of local coastal communities;
- In the Bering Sea and North Pacific, to enact, implement and enforce policies and agreements that compel and facilitate ecosystem management of coastal and marine living resources.
Oak Foundation's Climate Change goals are:
- In Europe, to ensure that the European Union (EU) achieves its Kyoto target of 8 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2012, including agreeing to stronger targets beyond 2012, with the ultimate aim of reducing global warming pollution by at least 75 per cent by 2050;
- In North America, to enact and implement state, provincial and national policies in the United States and Canada that put both countries on the path to reducing global warming pollution by at least 75 per cent by 2050.
With a few exceptions, all grantees in the environmental programme are not-for-profit organisations.
Annual Reports are available upon request.