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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.

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
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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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SCUBA Engagement Applying Submersible Technology to Advance Reef Science
With accurate, low-cost automated sensor technology attached to their dive gear, citizen scientist recreational scuba divers can reduce environmental data gaps, such as in the temperature, salinity, and light regimes that coral reefs experience. Data they collect and share will enhance the resolution and accuracy of satellite remote sensing dataset [more]
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Green-Gray Community of Practice
The Global Green-Gray Community of Practice, created in June 2020 and led by Conservation International, is an international collaboration across the conservation, engineering, finance, and construction sectors to generate learning and innovation to achieve climate adaptation benefits for communities, their future generations, and biodiversity. The [more]
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Water Ecologies for our Shared Future
ARTSail originated in 2016 thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge grant. A nomadic, multi-faceted platform, ARTSail facilitates interdisciplinary practice to cultural producers in the creation of innovative content addressing the climate crisis specific to South Florida. We connect artists with climate activists, scientists and marine experts to inves [more]
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Empowering One Million Ecopreneurs
Suraksha is an organization with a mission of educating individuals and MSMEs to prevent pollution. Our training programs cover ocean acidification, reduction of GHG emissions, and achieving sustainability along with support to the innovation and technology commercialization around the globe. Our training programs, support for innovation, and techn [more]
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Creating awareness through education & community programs on Sustainable Ocean ecosystem in North Borneo, Sabah. We commit to enhancing impact - creating awareness through education & community programs for a sustainable ocean ecosystem by tapping into our community of coastline communities, business owners, consumers, scientists, NGO's and artists [more]
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Prof. Dr. Sergio Mattos Fonseca
The circular economy rethinks the production process and contributes to the understanding and implementation of the concept of sustainability from innovation to circular business models, sharing, circularity design, reuse, remanufacturing and others, many values and opportunities are created. Added to the project, the importance of Environmental Ed [more]
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Restoring and protecting the ocean
Project Zero is a global movement supported by renowned scientists, business leaders, campaigners, culture makers and ocean experts, who are all working together to awaken the fight for the ocean. Project Zero works to raise global awareness and ignite behaviour change that benefits the ocean and raises new revenue to complete the most pressing pr [more]
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Clean Coasts
Plastic Pollution & Cleanup Drive: In India, Improper handling of solid waste and throw-away nature of the citizens make the rivers & oceans completely polluted with plastics and other substances. In this light, India Youth For Society (IYFS) launched 100-day-cleanup drive and then, we extended the campaign for one year. It is a service to the env [more]
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Restoration of mangrove ecosystem in Tanzania for enhancement of local communities
Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) is a semi-autonomous government Executive Agency mandated to sustainably undertake conservation, development and utilization of national forest and bee resources so that they contribute to the social, economic, ecological and cultural needs of present and future generations. Mangrove Forest Reserve in Tanzania [more]
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Pescarte Project
The Pescarte project is part of an Environmental Education Program in the Campos Basin, EAP-CB, and is a mitigating measure for Brazilian federal environmental licensing, instituted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources-IBAMA in 2010. The program aims to articulate the Environmental Education projects, of co [more]
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Nouveau Point de vue
PROJET VACECC: vision,adhésion,compréhension,éducation,changement,comportement porté par un groupe d'expert volontaire méthode sur https://npdv.nayanco.com cet volonté s'appuie sur un désir de changement et entres autres, sur l'expérience d'universitaires comme ceux composant le L.A.S.I. (Laboratoire des stratégies Industrielles), [more]
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Creating a vision to guide development of a sustainable ocean future: the Future Seas 2030 initiative
The Future Seas project develops evidence-informed scenarios of the future in 2030, for each of 12 Key Challenges facing the world's oceans. The project then generates a tangible plan for possible actions at local, regional and global scales to undertake to achieve the 2030 vision most in line with an equitable and sustainable future. Participan [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Dr. Bruno Oberle, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Ms. Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Co-Chairman, The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
  • Mr. Bronte Tilbrook, co-chair, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOAON)
  • Peter Swarzenski, Section Head, Radioecology Laboratory (REL), Monaco, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Ms. Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Bilogical Diversity (CBD)
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Mr. Árni M Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture, FAO
  • Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Ms. Janis Searles Jones, CEO, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Mr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
  • Ms. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
  • Mr. Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority
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