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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
Science for deep-ocean sustainability, #OceanAction15238
SEABED MINING: The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) provided guidance and scientific stakeholder input community to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) though the following actions:
1. A side-event at the ISA meeting in August 2017, attended by 140 delegates, contractors, observers and ISA staff. Presentations by scientists and e [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
Information Technology in Marine life for Kenya, #OceanAction26161
Pilot Phase Implementation a success. Beach management units (BMU) received the first batch of SmartID. accompanied by officials form the National, county and Partners we issued #Mvuvicard smartId to hundreds of fishers in those BMUs. The journey to the Fisher Id can be traced to 2002 and the reality made them very happy after such a long wait. [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]
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
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]
New Commitment
Educating and engaging high school students in sustainable fisheries , #OceanAction27502
The Mediterranean Sea is a biodiversity hotspot, but too few people know that. The Lebanese public tends to think of the Mediterranean as a barren sea, while it is teeming with life. Diaries of the Ocean believes that when people come face-to-face with that life, they will be encouraged to protect it. The sheer number of people who use and depend o [more]
New Commitment
Improving the effectiveness of coastal and marine resource management in the Philippines, #OceanAction27475
Objectives- Enhance the effectiveness of fisheries code and NIPAS Act MPAs through long-term monitoring and research. Use data to inform all stakeholders, build the capacity of managers and decision makers, and create science-based management and planning documents to ensure that coastal resources are protected and in a way that lines up with cu [more]
New Commitment
Mahim Beach Cleanup , #OceanAction27469
Slum & Rural Innovation Project, is a Storytelling and Technology Education platform in India, dedicated to ignite the curiosity, problem solving capabilities and innovative spirit of kids, youth and women in lower income groups of urban slums and rural communities. Our programs help the participants to envision their potential and learn skills [more]
New Commitment
SDG 14, #OceanAction27463
A future India where there is widespread understanding and appreciation of nature and its values, and where the quality of life is better due to our respect for nature being reflected in our institutions and our law. CAT is dedicated to provide assistance in the form of technical information, legal advice, aid and equipment to all those who are [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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