The Living Ocean is a non-profit foundation registered in the Netherlands.

The Living Ocean is dedicated to conservation, development and protection of marine- ecosystems and all the flora and fauna within. We do this by supporting small, local projects and initiatives.

We like to involve the local community for sustainable solutions.Their involvement by contributing and understanding the importance of protecting the marine ecosystems will generate benefits in the future.Through training , education and employment The Living Ocean is changing attitudes towards conservation and the communities are becoming aware of the need to conserve for future generations.

As a non-profit organization, The Living Ocean deeply values the trust that has been placed in us. Partners trust us when carrying out local projects and donors trust us to use their funds to advance conservation. To safeguard this critical trust, The Living Ocean is committed to the following principles: respect, transparency and accountability.

The Living Ocean is managed by four directors: Yong Mi Janse (chairman), Mirjam Diederen (treasurer), Martine Keukenkamp (secretary) and Arjen Hooij (director). The managing directors do not receive remuneration in any kind. Only actual expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

We will publish the annual accounts according to the Dutch guidelines for fund generating foundations.

We have the Dutch ANBI status. Please contact us if you like to take advantage of fiscal friendly donations.

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We are transparent in the way we operate, which projects we support and how we use the money that is put in our care. We provide information on projects we support and will evaluate effectiveness during and after the projects. 

We will publish our annual accounts according to the Dutch guidelines for fund generating foundations. We are a charitable organization and have been awarded the ANBI certification, a Dutch certification for public benefit organizations where at least 90% of all donations is spent on the good.

Donors could deduct their gift from Dutch income or corporation tax. 


The Living Ocean is committed to work with other like-minded organizations. Our impact is much bigger when we collaborate with local NGO’s who are better placed to understand the local community and have knowledge how to approach the problems and guide towards the solution.

We prefer to sponsor smaller, local projects that make a tangible difference to local marine life and local communities. We interact with the local NGO’s and are capable of adjusting midcourse to achieve the best results.

Through social media, our website and our network we have a large reach, and are impacting our network of fans, sponsors and advocates by raising awareness and changing behaviors.


We respect local communities living near the sea and depending for their livelihood on the sea. We strive to work with them, raise awareness and achieve a more sustainable way of living. 

We respect our partner NGO’s, work with them and trust them to come up with the best solutions and projects fitting the local circumstances. 

We respect our network of friends, donors and volunteers who join us in our mission to protect marine life.

With your help we have a clean beach

Beach clean-up is only a small part of the solution. It is a fun event mainly to show the problem to the community rather than a real long-term answer to all the plastic waste lost at land and sea. Marine pollution is a serious issue and it must be addressed by going to its source. We will compile data on all the debris collected which will help us determine the cause of the pollution. Thereafter, we will initiate discussions with the government and local communities on better waste management solutions.

These beach clean ups will be organized through the year in different part of the beach in Zanzibar.

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