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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.

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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.

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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.

new commitment
There is currently > 7.3 billion tons of plastic in the Earth System, rising to 40 Bt by 2050. ~10 Mt of plastics reach the oceans every year; 12 Bt are projected to be in landfill by 2050. As these are released, the flux of plastics to surface waters, coastlines and oceans is amplified, with significant environmental, social and economic co [more]
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Liceu Santista Geography Lab
Develop in students the geographical reasoning from the conservation of the oceans.\r\n\r\n• Stimulate spatial thinking and articulate the problems of oceans to the notions of causality, location and conditions from a critical analysis of local realities, regional and worldwide.\r\n\r\nOur oceans cover three quarters of our planet, connect our po [more]
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One Gulf of California (1GC)
Work with Mexican state governments (Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur) and civil society in coastal communities surrounding the Gulf of California to co-create 2 year action plans, with concrete steps -- commitments -- to end marine pollution and ensure sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of California.\\r\\n\\r\\nThis mo [more]
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Goal 7, 14 and 13 commitment
We will do this through ensuring that we recycle one of the major ocean pollutants which are plastics. We will also make sure that there are proper awareness campaigns on the effects of pollution especially on marines life as it kills over 80,000 marine life anually. We will be committed to push for policies that will encourage Clean and affordable [more]
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Creating awareness and ensuring access to technology through education & community programs
The Foundation is an initiative to promote environmental conservation in general, spread awareness about climate change and empower the coastal communities, youth to take necessary action. The Foundation acts as a facilitator between communities, industry, government agencies, academic & research institutes to achieve its objectives. It has been in [more]
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A Maritime Strategy for the sustainable development of the blue economy in Catalonia
On 12 June 2018, the Government of Catalonia approved the 2030 Maritime Strategy of Catalonia together with its first multiannual Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2021, which is a roadmap of specific actions to be implemented by the various ministries and stakeholders. The 2030 Vision of the Strategy is to fully develop the potential of the blue [more]
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Connecting individuals to long term ocean preservation with the help of a reusable bottle
Ocean Bottle is building a connection between people and long-term ocean preservation where it counts. For each bottle purchased, the equivalent of 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles are collected in impoverished coastal communities around the world - stopping plastic from reaching our oceans. This collection is made possible through our partners Pla [more]
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Ocean University Initiative
Ocean University Initiative has been launched by the University of Brest with the support of local authorities and many of our local and national science partners. Brest/Western part of Brittany hosts the largest concentration of marine research in France and France has put a large investment into concentrating research capacities in this area. T [more]
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Design and implementation of a national fisheries governance model based on co-management
Based on prior successful pilot projects, the Government of Catalonia adopted the Decree 118/2018, of 19 June, on the governance model for professional fishing in Catalonia. This legal text provides for the first time in Europe a legal framework for true fisheries co-management. The model is based on co-management committees (CoCs) integrated by re [more]
Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs)
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M. Mouhamadou Bamba KA
Title : Aquaculture Program in the Fimela District Promotion of Fish Farming and Oyster farming in the municipalities of Fimela and Palmarin Facao Objective : Contribute to the conservation, sustainable management and enhancement of fishery resources for the benefit of present and future generations of the island areas of the Fimela district. [more]
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Water Festival Freiburg
The Water Festival Freiburg from the 11th to the 13th of July 2019 is an international event of innovation and culture, which is organised by the Freiburg change management consultancy “Zukunftsmoderation!” in conjunction with the English film and project team “Plasticoceans.uk” and additional partners from the fields of industry, science a [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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