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YSEALI Marine Accelerator Program

Supporting initiatives to address maritime and inland waterway issues, and improve regional cooperation.


To advance the capacity of emerging conservation leaders and influencers in Southeast Asia to scale up or expand initiatives that improve regional cooperation and address maritime and inland waterway issues

YSEALI Marine Accelerator Program

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative - Marine Accelerator Program (YSEALI MAP) supported emerging leaders and youth-led, community-based initiatives in the region through a virtual capacity-building workshop, grants, and mentorship.

The workshop topics of the virtual component included stakeholder analysis, monitoring and evaluation, storytelling, visual communications, and goal-setting. Participants had the opportunity to pitch for grants to grow their initiatives. From 2021-2022, YSEALI MAP supported 21 projects in the region that worked on addressing issues in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; river or marine ecosystem degradation; and marine debris.


Virtual program: April-December 2021

1st batch of grantees: June 2021-February 2022

2nd batch of grantees: April 2022-October 2022


in partnership with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative and U.S. Embassy in the Philippines



Virtual program: 62 participants representing 33 initiatives

Grantees: 11 projects in 9 countries


Grantees: 10 projects in 5 countries

How we made waves

A total of PhP2.87 million awarded to support 21 projects in 11 countries
Collectively, the projects had 7,640 offline/in-person beneficiaries and 3,681 online beneficiaries.

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