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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.

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Plan Sea: Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change
Plan Sea: Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change recognizes that while the world\\\'s oceans are being profoundly impacted climate change, and this will accelerate in the future, there are opportunities to develop ocean-based climate solutions that can also provide substantial co-benefits in terms of pursuit of a number of the Sustainable Developm [more]
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Sustainable Development Council - Ocean
We aim to clean up 90% of floating ocean plastic pollution The Ocean Cleanup is developing cleanup systems that can clean up the floating plastics caught swirling in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Our aim is to remove 90 % of floating ocean plastic, which requires global initiative. With the help and support of individuals, corporations and gover [more]
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SCUBA Engagement Applying Submersible Technology to Advance Reef Science
With accurate, low-cost automated sensor technology attached to their dive gear, citizen scientist recreational scuba divers can reduce environmental data gaps, such as in the temperature, salinity, and light regimes that coral reefs experience. Data they collect and share will enhance the resolution and accuracy of satellite remote sensing dataset [more]
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Introduction of the recyclable transparent & eco-friendly products
The number of disposable plastic bags that 7-Eleven supplies to franchisees nationwide exceeds 100 million pieces per year. The company explained that 4,620 tons of carbon emissions can be reduced by completely converting this to an eco-friendly bag.7-Eleven plans to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags in all its stores as soon as possible [more]
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Whale Conservation: Using consumer activation for global tracking and engagement
Create a global platform and app that will track whales throughout their global journey around the world using consumer activation. So little is known about these magnificent creatures and where they travel in the ocean. The Ocean Azores Foundation will build a website and app that empowers consumers to help build a global map of their journeys, in [more]
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Parliamentary Campaign for Protection of the Oceans and Implementation of SDG 14
PGA, a non-profit, non-partisan international network of approximately 1,200 legislators in 136 elected parliaments around the globe, aims to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and population issues by informing, convening, and mobilizing parliamentarians to realize these goals. PGAs Parliamentary Campaign for [more]
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Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) for Tuna fishing operations
PNG Fishing Industry Association (PNG FIA) is promoting and supporting initiatives that guide certain activities associated with its member's fishing operation: to minimize incidental mortality of non-target species and impacts on marine ecosystems, manage and control abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear in the marine environment, m [more]
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Blue Economy Global Report
Dedicate an experienced blue economy senior expert, one month per year, to prepare a global quantitative report about the status of the blue economy and integrated coastal management approach in the world. Share this report with humankind in a free open source mode.
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Green-Gray Community of Practice
The Global Green-Gray Community of Practice, created in June 2020 and led by Conservation International, is an international collaboration across the conservation, engineering, finance, and construction sectors to generate learning and innovation to achieve climate adaptation benefits for communities, their future generations, and biodiversity. The [more]
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Zoe : Artificial Reef Assessment + Coral Planting
Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture is a 15ft x 9ft x 6ft coral restoration project in Cozumel, Mexico using electrolysis through seawater to precipitate Calcium Carbonate onto a steel, DNA-inspired structure 12ft deep & 60m from shore. This project unites art, science, technology, and tourism to help regenerate corals and marine biodiversity in a highly [more]
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Empowering One Million Ecopreneurs
Suraksha is an organization with a mission of educating individuals and MSMEs to prevent pollution. Our training programs cover ocean acidification, reduction of GHG emissions, and achieving sustainability along with support to the innovation and technology commercialization around the globe. Our training programs, support for innovation, and techn [more]
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Delivery of Education on Ocean and Climate Health
Delivery of interactive educational content that inspires and empowers individuals to act to make a difference to how they consider and combat climate change, with a particular emphasis on the health of the oceans. Commitment is to deliver this message to over 100,000 students over the course of 2021 and monitor the impact it has on their behaviour [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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