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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.

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.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
Progress report on the deliverable: Build socio-ecological resilience to coral reef degradation in the islands of the Western Indian Ocean

A network of UK-Western Indian Ocean (WIO) collaborators was brought together to address evidence gaps and support the development of resilience strategies across the WIO; this was labelled as the Cor [more]
Progress update
Let's make the ocean great again !, #OceanAction19088
A conference-screening-debate, entitled World Coral Mass Mortality due to Anthropic Carbon Dioxide (CO2) was organized at the initiative of Mr. B. Bautil from BIOMARES on October 5th, 2017. The movie screened was Chasing Coral illustrating the world coral mass mortality that occurred in 2016 and 2017. (http://sciences.ulb.ac.be/agenda/chasing-coral [more]
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]
New Commitment
National Search for Outstanding Coastal Community Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) (CLEAN AND PLENTIFUL OCEAN) , #OceanAction21316
The Philippines fisheries is one of the most exploited resources in Southeast Asia. Majority of the coastal areas are depleted and most marine habitats are damaged. Marine environmental issues often identified are destruction of sensitive coastal ecosystems i.e. coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves; overexploitation of fishery resources and de [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment
  • Mr. Francis Staub, Coordinator, The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
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