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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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Coral reefs

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. They support fisheries, and an estimated one billion people have some dependence on coral reefs for food and income from fishing and tourism. They also protect shorelines and create land by dissipating wave energy and continue to be a potential source of new medicines. Coral reefs are estimated to provide goods and services valued to be close to US$30 billion per year. Yet coral reefs are threatened by a combination of impacts that include ocean warming and acidification, as well as local pollution, overfishing and sedimentation.

Over 90 voluntary commitments relate to coral reefs, including activities aimed at their protection, management and restoration, as well as maintaining tangible benefits to coastal communities from coral reef fisheries and tourism. The commitments cover both local and global initiatives.

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

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Removal of marine debris from reef areas in Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India - to reduce the stress to the bleached corals and to support recovery process, #OceanAction27510
Presently survey to identify the ghost nets affected coral areas is in progress. In Gulf of Mannar, reefs are distributed around 21 islands. So far, 7 island areas in Southern part of Gulf of Mannar have been surveyed covering 5.21 Sq.Km reef area. Out of the 5.21 Sq.Km reef area surveyed, 565 sq.m reef area are affected by ghost nets which ar [more]
Progress update
Climate change caused bleaching and subsequent mortality in 2016 - post bleaching monitoring in Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India, #OceanAction27506
The post bleaching monitoring in Gulf of Mannar (GoM) was conducted in 2017. In general, there is a slight recovery i.e. live coral cover increased from 22.69% in 2016 to 23.78% in 2017. Algae were the dominant benthic category with an average cover of 36.11% during 2016 which decreased slightly to 34.33% during 2017. Abiotic was the other domi [more]
Progress update
Coastal Habitat Rehabilitation in Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India , #OceanAction27498
The rehabilitated coral sites in Koswari Island of Gulf of Mannar (2 acres) was continuously monitored to document survival, growth, recruitment density, associated fish assemblages, and macro faunal community from December 2016 to October 2018. The survival of the transplanted corals slightly decreased, with an average of 84.58% during the st [more]
Progress update
Restoring dying and degraded coral reefs, #OceanAction22450
Construction on Coral Vita's pilot coral farm in Grand Bahama is underway. It will be the world's first commercial land-based coral farm for reef restoration. Once operational, it will grow several thousand coral fragments per year to restore local reefs. Simultaneously, it will serve as an interactive education center for local communities, as wel [more]
Progress update
Global Coral Reef Partnership , #OceanAction14282
The Partnership has downscaled climate model projections for future coral bleaching conditions. This high-resolution (4 km) dataset enables consideration of coral reef climate change refugia in management planning, and also has application in vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning. The data, the science-basis as well as some analysis and [more]
Progress update
Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), #OceanAction14306
The GCRMN report 'Status and trends of coral reefs in the Pacific, prepared through collaboration between UN Environment, CRIOBE and SPREP, was launched in September 2018. Based on analysis of 20,000 surveys from 128 islands covering 19 countries or territories it is the most comprehensive report on coral reef status in the Pacific to date. While a [more]
New Commitment
Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program , #OceanAction28062
The Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is a 4-week marine science based summer program that uses the ocean as the lens through which we teach Virgin Islands youth about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Although our proximity is close to the ocean, some Virgin Islanders do not swim and thus lack environmental stewardship ethics. Thr [more]
New Commitment
Life Under Water, #OceanAction28059
The objectives include encouraging children to be physically and mentally involved in the fight against environmentally irresponsible practices, enriching the self-esteem of children, proffering solution and support in building a cleaner, habitable and sustainable environment Nigeria. Other objectives include building a sustainable environment thro [more]
New Commitment
Goal 14 Implementation by Ecologists Without Borders, #OceanAction27975
The mission of Ecologists Without Borders is to provide ecological assistance to at-risk communities around the world so they can avoid or mitigate, and adapt to, detrimental environmental change. We are concerned with the long-term health of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the human activities and natural processes that affect them. We empo [more]
New Commitment
Coastal Impact, #OceanAction27969
Coral Reef Conservation & regeneration - To regenerate areas of damaged coral by the micro defragmentation method Education outreach program - By means of a slide show presentation in local schools and colleges Beach and underwater cleanups - involving local citizens from all strata which we have been doing for the last 23 years
New Commitment
Dr.Deepa Gavali, #OceanAction27959
Gujarat, with its longest coastline of 1,600 km on Arabian Sea forms the northern-western maritime state of India. The present study is being conducted for coastal villages and urban centers along 14 talukas around the Gulf of Kachchh in a view of assessing the variability pertaining to environmental, ecological, cultural and socio-economical chan [more]
New Commitment
Blueribbon Ocean Conversation Association , #OceanAction27880
BlueRibbon Ocean Conservation Association (BROCA), founded in Sanya, Hainan Province on June 1, 2007, is a non-profit NGO dedicated to ocean education and awareness raising, marine debris clean-up, coastal ecosystem conservation and the promotion of developing a non-governmental ocean conservation network in China. The Blue Ribbon Ocean Conservati [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment
  • H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Co-Chairman, The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
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