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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.

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.

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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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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
MARECO Project: Increasing the awareness of children for the sustainable use of coral reefs and their resources in the SW Indian Ocean, #OceanAction18623
Since the OCEAN conference held last year in NY, the MARECO project made significant progress to develop its crucial actions toward raising awareness in coral ecosystem and marine biodiversity functioning, with the end goal of spreading the gospel of ecosystem approaches and coral reef knowledge among tomorrows world key agents of change: children. [more]
Progress update
Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), #OceanAction14306
GCRMN has made significant progress in preparation of regional analyses on coral reef status and trends. A \"Coral Reef Status Report for the Western Indian Ocean\" was launched in December 2017 at the 32nd General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative. A pre-release version of the Executive Summary of the report \"Status and Trends of [more]
Progress update
MARECO Project: Increasing the awareness of children for the sustainable use of coral reefs and their resources in the SW Indian Ocean, #OceanAction18623
Since the OCEAN conference held last year in NY, the MARECO project made significant progress to develop its crucial actions toward raising awareness in coral ecosystem and marine biodiversity functioning, with the end goal of spreading the gospel of ecosystem approaches and coral reef knowledge among tomorrows world key agents of change: children. [more]
Progress update
The ICRI plan of Action 2016-2018, #OceanAction16778
International Year f the Reef website launched: www.iyor2018.org
Progress update
The ICRI plan of Action 2016-2018, #OceanAction16778
Over 230 submissions were received, out of which 5 projects were selected and will receive a USD 60,000 grant each - Kenya - Managing mangroves for climate change regulation and other ecosystem services - Malaysia - Including coral reef resilience and vulnerability to climate change in marine spatial planning - Vanuatu - Increasing resilience [more]
Progress update
Reef Life Restoration Smart Substrates for Super Corals, #OceanAction15440
Reef Life Restoration Nanoscience continued testing and refinement of marine mineral and coral habitat matrices is expanding. The Molds and Casting of the Coral and Fish Habitats are proceeding and the deployment of mooring station habitat structures slated for first quarter 2018 is on track. Our engineering and parametric wave modelling team is fi [more]
New Commitment
Tethered Plastic Cap Solution Implementation WorldWide, #OceanAction24354
ThisCap's goal is to implement, within the single use bottle industry, a tethered plastic cap solution that can be used on ALL beverage and chemical containers. Our patented innovation will prevent more than 5 Billion Plastic Caps each day from entering Earth's Wildlife Habitats.
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
The objective is to promote awareness of the ongoing campaign against global warming and climate change, contribute to the scientific solution on issues related to ocean action and most specifically, in coral reef protection The objective may extend to discoveries of innovative solution in energy generation, conversion and storage within the oce [more]
New Commitment
Provision of subject matter expertise on the application of risk management tools in regulatory frameworks supporting SDG14, #OceanAction23807
UNECE with its Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies and its Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) commits to develop recommendations for governments related to the application of practical risk management tools in regulatory frameworks in support of the SDGs, and with an initial focus on SDG [more]
New Commitment
Restoring dying and degraded coral reefs, #OceanAction22450
Coral Vita commits to planting thousands of corals to restore degraded reefs in the Caribbean over the next two years. As a mission-driven company committed to helping preserve coral reefs for future generations, we plan to launch our pilot coral farm by the end of 2017. There, we will be integrating breakthrough coral farming methods developed [more]
New Commitment
Enhancing research and awareness on the impact of ocean acidification and climate change on tropical marine ecosystems, #OceanAction21991
Research on marine sustainability is at the forefront of our focus at the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Finding sustainable solutions to the issues arising from ocean acidification (OA) and its impact on food security such as coastal aquaculture and on the coastal habitats such as coral reefs figure pr [more]
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