Ocean Azores Foundation

9 Islands. 1 Ocean.

The Ocean Azores Foundation works to fund ocean based research and conservation projects based on all islands of the Azores.

The Solar Branco Eco Estate is a proud socially responsible business. As part of our commitment to the environment and to the Azores where we live we have created The Ocean Azores Foundation. It is early days as we build our hotel but we aim to start in the right way and move forwards step by step with our hotel as well as the environment around us.

The Ocean Azores Foundation will look to fund ocean based research and conservation projects based on all islands of the Azores. While it is currently a work in progress the aims are to give back to the community and environment that we now call home. Funding will come from sales of Baleia Gin, as well as guest donations, donations from the Solar Branco Eco Estate as well as events hosted on the grounds.

Our goals are to:

  • Provide opportunities for ocean based research
  • Promote the development of sustainable tourism in the Azores
  • Engage tourists and the local community in the protection of the ocean
  • Support initiatives to reduce ocean plastic

We will work towards achieving these objectives by:

  • Investing our resources in selected community projects that are well-run and that will drive lasting social change
  • Funding multi-year partnerships with our partners
  • Providing funding for organisations that promote marine sustainability and sustainable tourism
  • Sharing with our stakeholders and the community the outcomes of the projects we support

Projects started or under consideration include:

Interested partners are welcome to read more about The Ocean Azores Foundation here

Board Members

The Ocean Azores Foundation Board oversees the operation and governance of the Foundation, which includes approving strategic grants, reviewing the Foundation’s activities and establishing and monitoring strategy. The work and decisions of the Ocean Azores Foundation are the responsibility of the Ocean Azores Foundation Board and are undertaken independently of the commercial interests of Solar Branco Limited.

The Board consists of five members:

  • Ali Bullock (Chair)
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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board will assist in the identification of projects that are in line with the Ocean Azores Foundation strategy in order to help facilitate the Foundation to achieve its goals.

The Advisory Board will provide strategic assistance to the Board regarding grant allocations, the structure of the grants and assist in the vetting of applicants and providing a source of expert advice when required.

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Supported By

With thanks to the following volunteers, companies, organisations and photographers who help to make the Ocean Azores Foundation a reality.

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