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Criteria for co-operation with the Foundation

The Lighthouse Foundation (LF) evaluates applications for assistance according to various criteria. The LF reserves the right to apply specific criteria individually and flexibly to particular cases in evaluating the applications for assistance. The terms "sustainability" and "sustainable development" are applied as defined in Agenda 21.

There is no such thing as a legal right to eligibility for Foundation assistance.

Maritime theme

In accordance with the orientation of the LF, projects and measures must have a maritime theme and be suitable as models for follow-up projects and measures in other regions of the world. They must be of such a nature as to make people in other regions receptive to the theme and make a concrete contribution to an enhanced awareness of the maritime world. 

Receptivity for and an awareness of

sustainable development should not be narrowed down to sustained utilization of maritime resources. The important thing is to make it clear that the natural world in its biological and physical phenomenology is of value per se and cannot be reduced to the isolated aspect of satisfaction of human needs. 

The usefulness and visibility factor

of a project or measure are closely related in the view of the LF. A high profile and widespread dissemination of information on activities generate the kind of positive attention and curiosity maritime themes and problems deserve. What we need to evaluate a project or measure is a clear-cut description of the contribution it will make. 

Coastal regions are the target regions

for measures and projects geared to sustained development in the maritime field. The ecological land/sea boundary is at the same time the human/sea interface and thus the focal point of the relevant ecological, economic and social challenges. 

Interdisciplinary and inter-sector activities

constitute the most promising approaches for initiation of sustained development processes in the maritime field. The concerns of regional populations must be a central focus and local personalities should be engaged as driving forces behind the activities. 

Methods of project realization

Both the methods and organization employed by institutions and persons responsible for the projects or measures must reflect the principle of sustainability. 

Regional developmental impulses

Projects and measures aiming at co-operation on regional development must generate clearly defined and recognizable developmental impulses within a patently regional framework. The objective must be to improve the living conditions of the regional population in a sustainable manner and to contribute directly to a palpable reduction of resource consumption.  

Exemplary function

Projects and measures geared solely to an individual situation with little relevance to wider circles can only be applied to other situations in other regions at considerable expense. The higher the exemplary profile of a project or measure, the greater its utility for the seas and oceans on a global scale.  

Synergistic effects 

Projects and measures that are to receive financial assistance from the LF must also take into account commitments from other donor organizations. Redundancies in donor work must be avoided, although by the same token the activities of other donors can certainly be integrated to create beneficial synergistic effects.  

Utilization of financial means 

The LF always considers financial aid in terms of the scope and focus of the resulting contribution to Foundation goals and to a solution of the essential problem as formulated in the project application.


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