United Nations
Communities of Ocean Action
Coral reefs
Commitments
Members
Updates
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.

Steps to join
  1. Register a Voluntary Commitment for SDG 14
  2. Sign in to your account
  3. Click Join Community in the above button

Questions and Answers

1. I have registered a Voluntary Commitment, but I do not have an account

  1. Click Account above and create your account.
  2. Once created, Contact us and let us know so we can link your Voluntary Commitment to your account.

2. I have an account, but I still can't join

  1. Contact us and let us know so we can link your Voluntary Commitment to your account.
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.

Latest
event
Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs)
new commitment
Te Haumihi
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guard [more]
new commitment
WWF-New Zealand is committed to supporting New Zealand develop an effective network of MPAs.
It is our priority to support NZ to develop an effective network of MPAs that is representative of the full range of critical habitats, well connected and in-line with cultural values. Through this mechanism, we aim to support sustainable fisheries for our communities, enhance resilience to climate change and protect biodiversity. We are working [more]
new commitment
Assessment of microplastics in coral reef ecosystem of Gulf of Mannar, India
Gulf of Mannar (GoM) is one of the four major coral reef regions in India. In this region the reefs are distributed around twenty-one uninhabited islands spread across 160 km along the coast between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. The average distance between the shore and the islands is about 8 km and the reefs are easily accessible. The coast is dense [more]
new commitment
Planning Meetings for The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
1) Engage and consult relevant communities regarding contributions to the objectives of the Decade, with priority given to engaging early career scientists and disadvantaged groups and regions and to the science -policy interface, building on the outputs of regional and global consultations undertaken; 2) Capacity development through organization o [more]
new commitment
Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project
In order to provide human wellbeing benefits for current and future generations, the Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project works to reduce the threats to biodiversity in coastal-marine ecosystems in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. Coastal-marine areas and associated upland ecosystems in Central America exhibit high biodiver [more]
new commitment
Implementation of best environmental practice for the marine tourism industry through the Green Fins approach
To build resilience of coral reefs by measurably improving marine tourism environmental practice through the implementation of the Green Fins approach in participating countries.
new commitment
The Prevention of plastic pollution through Sustainable development
1st=United youth for peace and Reconciliation (UYFPAR), is a charitable organization based in Liberia, has two main goals; to restore peace and prevent the marine environment from plastic pollution. The part of prevention is to inform and raise awareness to the world in the use, reduction and recycling of plastic, while enhancing Circular Econo [more]
new commitment
Taking actions towards our ocean through environmental education in Guatemala
To implement education, scientific and community development programs that promote the conservation and correct use of the ocean and its marine life. In this sense, as an organization, we are willing to increase scientific knowledge in the population of Guatemala, this, by doing scientific research and connecting people with the oceans through [more]
new commitment
Reducing Marine Pollution/protecting ecosystems/sustainable fishing/conservation of coastal and marine areas/implementing and enforcing international sea law
We are a Marine conservation charity based on the Isle of Wight UK acting locally and thinking globally. We have a 3-pronged approach to pollution at sea: 1. "Operation Seasweep" utilises our "MantaRay" seasweep device which can be adapted to any size ocean surface area from harbours, lakes to oceans and which filters the surface for floating deb [more]
new commitment
Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program
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
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]
Menu
Home
Voluntary Commitments
Members
Resources
Activities
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment
  • H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Co-Chairman, The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
Members
United Nations