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Communities of Ocean Action
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.

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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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Mangroves are highly productive ecosystems providing numerous goods and services that include support of fisheries, maintenance and improvement of water quality, coastal protection and carbon sequestration. Mangroves have been estimated to provide at least US$1.6 billion per year in ?ecosystem services? worldwide. Approximately 67% of global mangroves have been lost in the past century to coastal development, aquaculture, pollution and other human activities.

The importance of mangroves is reflected in more than 90 voluntary commitments that relate to the restoration, rehabilitation, protection and management of mangroves and associated ecosystems. These voluntary commitments reflect the vital role that mangroves play in supporting livelihoods of coastal communities, sustainable fisheries, resilience to the impacts of climate change and sequestering atmospheric CO2.

This community of practice aims to support its members in implementing their mangrove-related voluntary commitments by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

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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]
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Bikash Ranjan Rautray
Mangroves are a unique partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. MFF provides a platform for collaboration among the many different agencies, sectors and countries which are addressing challenges to coastal ecosystem and livelihood issues. The goal is to promote an integrated oce [more]
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Community-based sustainable development of the Sundarbans coastal ecosystem in Bangladesh
NGO CCEC (REGD 1085) is registered by the NGO Affairs Bureau, government of Bangladesh with vision, mission and value as follow: @Vision: Community-based sustainable development of the Sundarbans coastal ecosystem in Bangladesh @Mission: Environmental sustainability of the Sundarbans coastal ecosystem and poverty reduction of climate-vulnerab [more]
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Mangroves Cultivation and Seawall Protection
Cochin Social Service Society stands for poor and deprived people of the country. KLM and KUFF is the program aimed at protecting fishermen and oceans. KUFF (Kerala United Fishermen Forum) aimed at protecting fishermen inhabiting both the coastal slums and islands. Through this program the unorganized and exploited inland women fish workers have [more]
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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]
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Goal 14 Implementation by Ecologists Without Borders
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]
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Dr.Deepa Gavali
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]
Knowledge sharing for the protection and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems through the International Partnership for Blue Carbon and in the Indo-Pacific.
Australia has completed this commitment but will continue to take an active role in the IndoPacific region including by leading the International Partnership for Blue Carbon. The IPBC hosted a workshop in the Philippines in August 2017 to raise awareness and share knowledge about blue carbon. Government policy makers, experts and project implem [more]
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Promote an economic, integrated, sustainable and inclusive development, addressing climate changes challenges in Coastal West Africa
The West African coastline, spanning from Mauritania to Gabon, includes 17 countries that are at varying stages of economic development. Eight of the countries have a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) below US$1,000, ranking among the lowest in the world. Although the West African economies have been growing steadily, the countries continue [more]
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Blueribbon Ocean Conversation Association
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]
Plantar 6,000 plantas de manglar en la Isla de Roatn
In 2017, 14 reforestation's were completed that summed up to 1,925 mangrove plants. The reforestation of mangrove plants were done with volunteers and students from the different schools in the communities of Sandy Bay, French Cay, Coxen Hole, Jonesville, Oak Ridge, Pensacola and Brick Bay on the island of Roatan.
In 2018, 7 reforestation's ha [more]
Blue Forests Project
Plastic Forests Story Map published, Sept 2018, http://www.grida.no/publications/414 Blue Forests Newsletter published, Sept 2018, https://tinyurl.com/y8ew4w7a Kenya Blue Forests Site Visit accomplished, together with the Blue Forests Projects (BFP) partner Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) , 26 June-9 July 2018. Ecuado [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Ms. Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Ms. Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
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