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Marine and coastal ecosystems management
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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Marine and coastal ecosystems management

Diverse area-based measures and management tools can be used to sustainably manage, protect, conserve and restore marine ecosystems, including for example the application of ecosystem approaches, marine spatial planning, integrated coastal zone management and the establishment of marine protected areas, consistent with international law and based on best available scientific information, including representative networks. The main purpose of these measures is to sustainably manage, protect, conserve and restore coastal and marine areas and resources, including underwater cultural heritage, while also supporting economically valuable activities and having important social impacts. The global extent of MPAs has grown steadily and in 2014 covered approximately 3.4% (12.3 million km2) of the global ocean, with decreasing numbers of MPAs at greater distances from the shoreline. Area-based management is seen as one of the key tools for delivering SDG 14 and for providing for both ocean conservation and a variety of sustainable uses, while alleviating conflicts between users of ocean space.

More than 130 voluntary commitments relate to marine protected areas, and over 30 commitments include marine spatial planning. Large marine ecosystems (LMEs) feature in 20 commitments, while at least five include community-based marine management. Many of these commitments include increasing the area protected or sustainably managed.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their area-based management-related voluntary commitments by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

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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]
Scaling up Implementation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) in the East Asian Seas Region
-128 ICM sites have been established covering 29% (65, 408.8 km) of the region's coastline. This is far greater than the regional target set by the East Asian Seas Ministerial Compact in Da Nang of 25% of the region's coastline be covered by ICM in 2021.
-In line with ICM implementation and scaling up, capacity building activities have been co [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
Groupe experts Pour le développement et la protection de faunes marines d’outre-mer
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Clean Sea LIFE - fighting marine litter in Italy
Clean Sea LIFE project, co-financed by the European Union's LIFE programme, fights marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea with a campaign to raise awareness in citizen, operators and authorities, inspire changes in attitude, encourage co-responsibility and promote good waste management. The specific objectives are: 1. to increase awareness on ML, [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]
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Marine protection
To reduce litter input into the ocean through promoting marine environmental protection and coastal cleanup activities.
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As the 2020 UN Ocean Conference, to be held in Lisbon in June 2020
Entitled: AWARENESS / MOBILIZATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE FRENCH ISLANDS: 2017 - 2030 CONFERENCES - SYMPOSIUM - INTERNATIONAL FORUMS - ROUND TABLES - SEMINARS, etc ... International Association for Partnership and Emergence in Africa (AIPEA) and International Association for the Indigent Poor and Assistance (AIPIA) will jointly coordinate the [more]
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Nous voulons des que la pèche qui se fait dans nos eaux territoriales respectent l'environnement, que l'on diminue tout ce qui entraine la p [more]
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Coastal Cleanup and Community Outreach Education for Single-use Plastics
The objective of the Island Coastal Cleanup for 14 l sites in Abu Dhabi is to gather collected trash/data on single use plastics using an app called Clean Abu Dhabi We have identified 14 sites where we would like our stakeholders to organize their cleanup activities and use the app to collect the data .and launch a new mobile application †[more]
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Guidelines for Reducing Plastic Waste (GRP) & Global partnership
- Scale and duration of the practice Initiative of 'Guidlines for Reducing Plastic Waste (GRP) and 'Global Partnership' planned to be prgressed throughout 2018~2030. -Socioeconomic Environment Currently, the per capita consumption of plastic, including plastic bags in Korea is about 420 and 100 kilograms per year. It ranks first in the wor [more]
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There is currently > 7.3 billion tons of plastic in the Earth System, rising to 40 Bt by 2050. ~10 Mt of plastics reach the oceans every year; 12 Bt are projected to be in landfill by 2050. As these are released, the flux of plastics to surface waters, coastlines and oceans is amplified, with significant environmental, social and economic co [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Ms. Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ms. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
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