Important Marine Mammal Areas

What is the IMMA programme?
The Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMA) programme is a programme of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Task Force on Marine Mammal Protected Areas. Its premise is simple: the ocean is vast, and our resources are limited. When seeking to protect the ocean, we need to know where to start. That’s where IMMAs come in.

IMMAs are selected areas of the ocean that are important to marine mammals and show potential to be managed for conservation. By highlighting the places that most matter to marine mammals, the IMMA programme addresses the challenge of where to direct conservation resources. Through their identification, IMMAs can be prioritised for protection measures by governments, intergovernmental organisations, conservation groups, marine stakeholders, and the general public.

Just like Water Revolution Foundation provides the scientific tools for the superyacht industry to reduce its impact, the IMMA programme provides governments and other regulatory bodies with the information needed to make informed decisions.

What are we raising funds for?
We are raising funds for the North Atlantic Ocean. Identifying IMMAs in this region will cost €550,000 with the money directly funding the scientists whose work will make the identification of the IMMAs possible. 

Find out more about why Water Revolution Foundation is supporting the IMMAs programme

NB: Robert van Tol is the executive director of Water Revolution Foundation, the non-profit organising this crowdfunding campaign on behalf of the superyacht community. Rest assured that 100% of funds donated through Water Revolution Foundation will go towards the IMMA programme with Water Revolution covering overhead and operational costs out of its own budget, with the exception of transaction fees charged by GoFundMe.


  • Robert van Tol 
    • €100 
    • 5 mos
  • Coralyn TRACEY 
    • €100 
    • 7 mos
  • MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association 
    • €1,000 
    • 10 mos
  • Christine Philpotts 
    • €150 
    • 10 mos
  • Giles Cope 
    • €200 
    • 10 mos
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Fundraising team (2)

Robert van Tol 
Raised €220 from 2 donations
Clair Rozemeijer 
Team member