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As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.

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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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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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Oceans Plastic Pollution - Save Marine Life and Human Health
We are turning our beautiful Oceans into a plastic soup. About 8 million tons of plastic enters the oceans every year, and at this rate, we face a future with more plastic in the Ocean than fish by 2050. Our plastic addiction and waste mismanagement are condemning countless marine birds and animals to death by entanglement or poisoning, and even le [more]
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5th Year Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting @ Barangay Lawin 11, Cavite City, Philippines
The objectives of the 5th Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting are to promote, create community awareness and outreach while implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals # 14, 13,12,11, 4, and 3. With multisectoral partnerships and collaborations coastal cleanups, mangrove tree planting, urban gardening, eco bricks are executed usi [more]
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Te Haumihi
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guard [more]
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WWF-New Zealand is committed to supporting New Zealand develop an effective network of MPAs.
It is our priority to support NZ to develop an effective network of MPAs that is representative of the full range of critical habitats, well connected and in-line with cultural values. Through this mechanism, we aim to support sustainable fisheries for our communities, enhance resilience to climate change and protect biodiversity. We are working [more]
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Plages Propres
Le programme « Plages Propres » est un programme de développement durable en matière de propreté, d’équipement, d’aménagement et de gestion des plages, a [more]
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Assessment of microplastics in coral reef ecosystem of Gulf of Mannar, India
Gulf of Mannar (GoM) is one of the four major coral reef regions in India. In this region the reefs are distributed around twenty-one uninhabited islands spread across 160 km along the coast between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. The average distance between the shore and the islands is about 8 km and the reefs are easily accessible. The coast is dense [more]
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Support to Ocean Preservation through Advocacy
To popularise the Ocean Commitments and programs by launching Massive advocacy in places where information on Ocean is low or lacking. There should be Community consultations, leading to talks and feed backs as a back up to reach the un-reached communities through advocacy and sensitisation. Implementation methodology is by developing a communicati [more]
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Planning Meetings for The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
1) Engage and consult relevant communities regarding contributions to the objectives of the Decade, with priority given to engaging early career scientists and disadvantaged groups and regions and to the science -policy interface, building on the outputs of regional and global consultations undertaken; 2) Capacity development through organization o [more]
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Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project
In order to provide human wellbeing benefits for current and future generations, the Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project works to reduce the threats to biodiversity in coastal-marine ecosystems in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. Coastal-marine areas and associated upland ecosystems in Central America exhibit high biodiver [more]
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Improved Coastal Watersheds and Livelihoods project
By 2019, the Improved Coastal Watersheds and Livelihoods project will improve natural resource management of the Goascoran lower watershed and coastal zone in order to maximize four outcomes: 1) habitat for biodiversity, 2) water-related ecosystem services, 3) climate change adaptation and mitigation, and 4) economic returns from sustainable produc [more]
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Empowering communities to monitor and manage their marine resources, and diversify local livelihoods
Blue Ventures' vision is for coastal communities to manage their natural resources effectively, enriching local livelihoods and sustaining healthy marine environments for generations to come. We work with coastal communities to develop transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally-led marine conservation. Our strategy is to [more]
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