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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.

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The Poseidon-Projects. We are caring for ocean health using our special technology, reducing the biological pollution, and acidification
We are BRIDGING science and industry, bringing the healthy balance back to the ocean and planet Earth while combatting global warming using our inventions, IP, and revolutionary technologies with Ensynox and Bra(i)nsynox. We are from the industry but with a scientific background and knowledge, a scientific team behind us. Our solution goes back [more]
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Whales: Spotting and Tagging Using Aerial Surveillance Technology (Drones), Entanglements and Krill Shortages
History: *Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale fatalities. *Whales in surface activities are found to have less reaction time due to feeding, sleeping or inability to move as fast as oncoming ships. *Ships also have manoeuvrability issues to avoid whales due to operation on liquid surfaces. Whale Benefits: Whales provide many benef [more]
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Supporting efforts to gather ocean stakeholders and communicate the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
With different activities we support the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders in Germany and Europe with the following projects and activities: - Love Your Ocean Dusseldorf boat show - Activities with different partners [more]
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Workshop on ecosystem-based management in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science
Ecosystem-based management may be a central practice that needs to be implemented for the UN Decade of Ocean Science to be effective. With a view to strengthen ecosystem-based management in the Baltic Sea region, HELCOM commits to organise a joint workshop bringing together policy, management and science. Key topics of such a workshop could deal wi [more]
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Update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan
HELCOM commits to updating the Baltic Sea Action Plan by 2021, and to include, in the update, increased support for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Baltic Sea Action Plan is HELCOM's strategic programme of actions and measures for achieving good environmental and ecolo [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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Sustainable Brazilian Ocean and Coasts Initiative
The objective of this commitment is to contribute for the development of marine mentality at Brazil. The implementation methodology consists mainly of guiding and conducting research related to marine sustainability; publish informational material on the sustainability of coastal and marine areas. For example, we developed a website to display [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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Policy strategies to declare 30% of the Uruguayan EEZ a Marine Protected Area MPA -EBSA-
The Sanctuary for Whales and Dolphins is considered the biggest protected areas in Uruguay (125.057 km2), declared by law 19.128 in 2013, as a result of the OCC campaign together with local communities especially K-12 students. The new important contribution is a multipurpose Marine Protected Area MPA's off-shore, in the same national waters of the [more]
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Fate of Single use Plastic (SUP) on inland water transport & Its catastrophic effect on River- An awareness and participatory Program To Achieve SDG-14
Bangladesh government has already taken several effective program and initiative to save river and conserve fisheries to achieve SDG. Many social organizations and NGO working alongside with government to achieve SDG-14 hence we Youth Foundation of Bangladesh (YFB) has undertaken an awareness and participatory program in order to develop awareness [more]
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Clean Beaches Operation
The primary objectives of the operation were: • Raising awareness of beach users and forge a personal sense of environmental responsibility, • Reduce plastic use, • Stop plastic litter, • Equip beaches and ensure safety, • Enforce order and regulations, Three key events took place to sensitize beach visitors as part of this opera [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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