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Ocean Action #7 Newsletter - Moving Towards a Sustainable Blue Economy

With a booming global population and growing strains on limited ocean resources, our planet more than ever needs a sustainable blue economy that promotes economic growth while improving human well-being and protecting the environment. The world is moving closer to such a long-term strategy as 2018 closes out, with several major international ocean-related conferences wrapping up or set to take place, a sign that the appetite for more and better sustainable ocean options remains strong.

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Communities of Ocean Action
Coral reefs
Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Mangroves
Marine and coastal ecosystems management
Marine pollution
Ocean acidification
Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
Sustainable blue economy
Sustainable fisheries
Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Oceanic Blue Carbon Voluntary Commitment, #OceanAction21396
Fish carbon concept presented at The Promises and Perils of Blue Carbon Workshop, held at Lund University in Sweden, 3-4 May 2018. Oceanic blue carbon discussions held at the Bonn climate COP of the UNFCCC, held in early May 2018, including exploring how the concept can help support ocean action in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. F [more]
Progress update
Blue Carbon Code of Conduct, #OceanAction20420
Blue Carbon Code of Conduct presented at The Promises and Perils of Blue Carbon Workshop, held at Lund University in Sweden, 3-4 May 2018. Blue Carbon Code of Conduct discussed at the Blue Forests Global Applications Retreat held at the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fishery in Jakarta, Indonesia, 27-29 Sept. 2018.
Progress update
Promoting standards for sustainable fisheries management and traceability of fish products on a global scale, #OceanAction16466
On 23-24 April 2018, the UNECE Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries met during UN/CEFACT's biennial forum in Geneva; it was attended by 21 experts from across the globe, hailing from national government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. At this meeting, the team discussed technica [more]
Progress update
Development of a national marine spatial planning process, #OceanAction19704
The Secretariat of the Inter-ministerial Commission for the Sea Resources (SECIRM) and the Blue Solutions Initiative jointly convened a Marine Spatial Planning Training Course in Marambaia Island, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, in November 2017.
The course was attended by 20 representatives of several federal agencies and experts that are currently par [more]
New Commitment
Mangrove Restoration Potential Map , #OceanAction27592
A joint effort by IUCN and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in collaboration with University of Cambridge and supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) will produce a global map of mangrove restoration potential. So far there has not been any global assessment of mangrove restoration pote [more]
New Commitment
Development in Social, Agricultural, Educational and Environmental projects., #OceanAction27576
Our objectives are to provide assistance and help to achieve development for agricultural communities to increase capacities and environment for growth. Improving and establishing environmental controls to benefit these communities and reduce the negative impact of a polluted environment. Also improving the social situation for these communities th [more]
New Commitment
Save Our Mangroves Now!, #OceanAction27534
Save Our Mangroves Now! is a joint commitment of BMZ, IUCN and WWF to intensify efforts in mangrove conservation. It aims to upscale and focus global efforts to stop and reverse the decrease and degradation of mangrove habitats, and supports the target of the Global Mangrove Alliance (GMA) to increase the global area of mangrove habitat by 20% over [more]
New Commitment
Campaign of cleaning the Mediterranean , #OceanAction27519
1- To contribute to improving the environmental and aesthetic situation in Lebanon especially in Byblos and its surrounding villages through environmental activities and projects with the cooperation of major stakeholders 2-To raise environmental awareness and foster a sense of citizenship in order to preserve the heritage by the individuals, [more]
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