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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.

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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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.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Development of ecosystem-based management of fish and fisheries in Sweden, #OceanAction20189
During 2017 and 2018 the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management has continued to develop knowledge to inform the dialogue for the development of the strategy on ecosystembased management of fish and fisheries.
Progress update
Oceanic Blue Carbon, #OceanAction21396
Oceanic Blue Carbon Story Map published, Oct 2018, http://www.grida.no/publications/417 This Story Map describes the various ways that marine life contributes to carbon storage in the ocean and illustrates the latest science on the subject. Fish carbon video launched, Oct 2018, http://www.grida.no/resources/12676 The video was produced by cart [more]
Progress update
Enhance the Conservation of Coastline Seascape of the Jaltepeque estuary through community-based approach, #OceanAction20199
The economic valuation of the mangrove ecosystem and the buffer zone has made it possible to strengthen the livelihoods of the communities through community management plans for the sustainable use of the biodiversity species that generate their income on a daily basis.\r\n\r\nTo date, a total of 107.27 hectares have been recovered without accounti [more]
Progress update
Promote Marine Spatial Planning and other coastal and marine planning and management instruments in Mexico, #OceanAction20224
On August 9th, the North Pacific Marine Spatial Plan (NPMSP) was published in the Federal Diary of the Federation of Mexico. Since that date, the NPMSP is taken in consideration in other federal instruments such as the Environmental Impact Assessment of projects in the region and also in the strategic planning of sectors such as maritime transport, [more]
Progress update
Multi-stakeholder efforts to enhance socio-ecological landscape resilience in Pakistan's Indus Delta area. , #OceanAction19371
31,720ha In accordance with the approved landscape strategy, UNDP-GEF SGP in the Indus Delta Sindh is supporting local community activities to maintain and rebuild the resilience of the socio-ecological production landscape on 31,720 ha through a series of inter-connected and synergistic initiatives contributing towards the outcome. This effort [more]
Progress update
Blue Planning in Practice: Worldwide MSP training offer to enable ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management, #OceanAction25529
A training on Blue Planning in Practice took place in the Mekong Delta from April 11-13, 2018. More than 20 representatives from all 7 coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta as well as representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) and related institutes st [more]
New Commitment
CASA DEI PESCI, #OceanAction28342
Fish Home (Casa dei pesci) Project for the preservation and enrichment of the Maremma Sea The Fish Home project is the realization of a dream, the dream of Paolo Fanciulli, fisherman of the Maremma region, whose passion for the sea has inspired many battles for the preservation of the marine environment, attracting the empathy of hundreds of peopl [more]
New Commitment
Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal, #OceanAction28293
With active support of different professional associations organising people along all aspects of the value chain in the sector, academic partners and encouraged by other civil society organisations, upon proposal of Mundus maris asbl, the organising committee invited a wide array of sector stakeholders to the inaugural session of the small-scale f [more]
New Commitment
The Great Bubble Barrier, #OceanAction28192
Every year, 8 billion kg of plastic end up in our oceans and causes severe damage to marine and human life. 64% of this plastic is transported via rivers. We have developed a way to stop this plastic from ever reaching the oceans, without blocking ship traffic or hindering fish migration. Our curtain of bubbles brings waste to the surface of a rive [more]
New Commitment
Community-based sustainable development of the Sundarbans coastal ecosystem in Bangladesh, #OceanAction28128
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]
New Commitment
Life Under Water, #OceanAction28047
The Kids Beach Garden is an eco-friendly beach geared towards promoting a sustainable environment via a communal engagement scheme which includes voluntary beach cleanup exercises, recycling of single-use plastics, gardening composting, animal conservation, tree planting, and proper waste management. The focus on children aims at bridging the cur [more]
New Commitment
Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda, #OceanAction28020
Identification of humpback whales in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean during the whales' pelagic migration from their southern breeding/calving grounds in the West Indies to their feeding grounds on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, Eastern Canada, Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and perhaps Norway. With a private catalogue of 1,500 individual fl [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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