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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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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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Goal 14 implementation for the protection of Mediterranean sea's whales and dolphins
Through its activities, Battibaleno association promotes the knowledge of marine mammals to encourage their protection and contributes to the effective creation of protected areas in the Mediterranean sea, as well as providing the scientific community with research data. MONITORING AND CETACEANS' RESEARCH'S SEA EXPEDITIONS: Battibaleno conducts [more]
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Clean Coastline (Ren Kustlinje)
Ren Kustlinje Clean Coastline is an innovative EU project (founded through the Interreg resund-Kattegatt-Skagerrak program, Innovation Area) and is ongoing in the period 1/1 2016 - 31/12 2018. The main objective of the project is on marine waste as a common challenge for the countries around the KASK region. 34 partners from Sweden, Norway and [more]
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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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Reducing Marine Pollution/protecting ecosystems/sustainable fishing/conservation of coastal and marine areas/implementing and enforcing international sea law
We are a Marine conservation charity based on the Isle of Wight UK acting locally and thinking globally. We have a 3-pronged approach to pollution at sea: 1. "Operation Seasweep" utilises our "MantaRay" seasweep device which can be adapted to any size ocean surface area from harbours, lakes to oceans and which filters the surface for floating deb [more]
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CASA DEI PESCI
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]
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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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Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal
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]
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The Great Bubble Barrier
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]
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Coastal Restoration Society
Coastal Restoration Society (CRS) is strategically positioned as a global leader in marine habitat restoration. Our quick response team is capable of handling pollution spill emergencies in the most demanding marine environments. CRS offers deployment response times of less than 24 hours for assets and personnel within Canada, and 48 - 72 ho [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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Life Under Water
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]
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Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda
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]
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