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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.

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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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.

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Enhancing research and awareness on the impact of plastic on tropical marine ecosystems
Plastics are widely used because they are lightweight, durable and inexpensive. Low recovery rates and improper disposal of plastic waste has resulted in the accumulation of plastics in the environment. This has led to the emergence of a new type of contaminant in the environment, referred to as microplastic. Both larger plastic materials and micro [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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I AM DR.ANANTHA NAGESH BABU PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FISHERMEN (NAF) HAVING LONG COASTAL LINE, i have 22 years experience in fisheries and aquaculture, i am successfully completed my M.Sc fisheries in Bhopal university India. i expert of shrimp hatcheries i would like to transfer my technology for poor community at the same time i nee [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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Action and Outreach on Ocean Acidification
We will work with primary affected stakeholders like fishermen, tribes, and coastal communities to educate them about the issues, provide solutions, and help them speak up for their best interests (and the oceans!). Including at least 10 workshops per year and publishing our Ocean Acidification Report 3-4x/yr: which mails to approx ~7000 people in [more]
Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs)
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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