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Sustainable blue economy
As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.

Register Voluntary Commitments
The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments remains open for all stakeholders to register their ocean action. We encourage all to stakeholders to register their ocean action to show their commitment to SDG 14.

Share updates of your Voluntary Commitments
All stakeholders with a registered Voluntary Commitment are welcome to share their progress of its implementation on an ongoing basis. Updates will be featured on this page and in the Ocean Action monthly newsletter.

Share your knowledge
All members of the Community Ocean Action can share their expertise, knowledge, best practices and respond to questions in the Knowledge Forum
The Communities of Ocean Action are open to anyone with a registered Voluntary Commitment in the Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments.

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Sustainable blue economy

The oceans are central to sustainable development globally, and particularly for Small Island developing States (SIDS) and coastal least developed countries (LDCs). They provide a wide array of social and economic benefits to LDCs and SIDS, including from small-scale, artisanal fisheries, while also being tightly linked to their culture. Small-scale artisanal fishers are a fundamental part of SIDS and coastal LDC societies, but they can also be found in developed and other developing countries. Estimates suggest that workers involved in small-scale fisheries comprise over 90 percent of people employed globally in capture fisheries and related activities, and produce approximately half of the global catch. An ocean-based blue economy can include diverse components, from established ocean industries, such as fisheries, tourism and maritime transport, to emerging and new activities, such as offshore renewable energy, aquaculture, deep seabed extractive activities (where sustainable), and marine biotechnology. The mix of activities will depend on each country’s unique national circumstances, but will go beyond business as usual by providing social and economic benefits for current and future generations; restoring, protecting and maintaining the diversity, productivity, resilience, core functions, and intrinsic value of marine ecosystems; and being based on clean technologies, renewable energy, and circular material flows.

Over 330 voluntary commitments relate to some aspects of sustainable ocean-based economic development, with the development of a comprehensive blue economy the aim of close to fifty commitments, and the related concept of blue growth included in over twenty commitments. Sustainable tourism, aquaculture, shipping, fisheries and renewable energy were common components of these commitments. Market access for small-scale fishers was also covered by voluntary commitments.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their voluntary commitments related to sustainable ocean based economies by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
F3 - Future of Fish Feed: A collaborative effort toward fish-free aquaculture feeds, #OceanAction18933
The F3 Team commits to: -Award the first F3 prize in 2017. >> DONE. Stories related to the winner announcement appeared in: Aquafeed, FishFirst, Global Aquaculture Advocate, Seafood Source, Undercurrent News -Launch another challenge in 2017 to further innovation >> DONE. Challenge launched, and details found on http://www.f3ch [more]
Progress update
Supporting a Blue Commonwealth, #OceanAction15910
In April 2018, Heads of Commonwealth Governments (Heads) adopted the Commonwealth Blue Charter. Their landmark decision will affect one third of the worlds national coastal waters, helping to sustain livelihoods and ecosystems globally. The Heads also mandated the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop an implementation plan.

As of 1 June 201 [more]
Progress update
Implementing SDG14 in our corporate strategy, #OceanAction14594
To find solutions to the SDGs and make progress on ocean sustainability and SDG14, partnership is crucial. Sustainability is deeply rooted in Cermaq's culture, and Cermaqs approach through many years has been to engage in collaboration to address material sustainability issues in the seafood industry and through the value chain.

Cermaq is [more]
Progress update
Implementation of an integrated approach to coastal and marine ecosystems for sustainable blue growth in the Southeast Pacific (SPINCAM Project Phase 3), #OceanAction18743
The SPINCAM project is advancing with preliminary results of the macro-survey on national and regional capacities to support the Action plan for Institutional Capacity Development in support of Member States contribution to Agenda 2030 implementation.

National institutions have agreed on a regional classification of coastal and marine eco [more]
Progress update
El compromiso voluntario del Programa de Pequeas Donaciones GEF Colombia es fortalecer la capacidad de 14 organizaciones comunitarias para el manejo sostenible y la proteccin de los ecosistemas marino costeros, mediante el desarrollo del ecoturismo y la p, #OceanAction21648
De acuerdo con el compromiso adquirido, se sigue trabajando en el fortalecimiento de capacidades de 14 organizaciones comunitarias para el manejo sostenible y la proteccion de los ecosistemas marino costeros, mediante el desarrollo del ecoturismo y la pesca responsable, para que aumenten sus ingresos y fortalezcan la gobernanza comunitaria y la per [more]
Progress update
Project Sea Change - advanced filtering of laundry effluent to screen microparticles and microplastics, #OceanAction15928
Xeros have developed and prototyped a number of filtering devices that can be easily incorporated within both residential and commercial washing machines . The prototype units are currently undergoing tests at the Xeros technology centre in Sheffield, United Kingdom. \r\n\r\nA pilot batch of residential washing machine filters have been shipped to [more]
New Commitment
Stronger commitment to dolphin protection, #OceanAction24394
Hotelplan Suisse is strengthening its cooperation with the Swiss NGO OceanCare, with a particular focus on dolphin protection. The aim is to advise customers against visiting dolphinaria and swimming with dolphins by educating and raising awareness of the issue. Such activities will no longer be advertised. Hotelplan Suisse and OceanCare aim to ra [more]
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System , #OceanAction23965
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System This initiative, launched in implementation of Goal 7 of the Sendai Framework () aims to promote the strengthening or introduction of multi-hazard warning systems in Small Island Developing States to protect life and property in the [more]
New Commitment
Unmanned/Autonomous Technologies For Ocean Protection and Production, #OceanAction23654
The objective is to develop unmanned/autonomous technologies for aiding ocean protection and production. The technologies will be developed, tested and evaluated in collaboration with multiple partners by bringing together groups of experts from different fields. The work will involve using existing commercially available technological capabilit [more]
New Commitment
Indonesian Waste Platform - Hub, #OceanAction16206
Indonesian Waste Platform - hub connecting Government, Universities, Companies, Grass root organizations/NGO/Community initiatives. The hub is used for dissemination of stakeholder's news, data, best-practices, lessons learned, government policies, technical information, research results, questions to peers, introductions, establish Uncommon Coll [more]
New Commitment
Restoring dying and degraded coral reefs, #OceanAction22450
Coral Vita commits to planting thousands of corals to restore degraded reefs in the Caribbean over the next two years. As a mission-driven company committed to helping preserve coral reefs for future generations, we plan to launch our pilot coral farm by the end of 2017. There, we will be integrating breakthrough coral farming methods developed [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Mr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
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