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Communities of Ocean Action
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.

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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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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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Worldrise ONLUS- We Act For Nature
Worldrise is a non-profit organisation founded by young professionals able to create projects that unite environmental\\r\\nprotection, creativity, and education. Our projects aim to promote the conservation and valorisation of the marine environment through activities\\r\\nthat are also able to act as a driver for sustainable economic and social d [more]
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Developing networks on the environmental management of enclosed coastal seas (EMECS) by organizing conferences with the participation of researchers, government officers, business persons, citizens, and students.
Aiming to establish an international and academic network to solve the environmental problems of enclosed coastal seas in an integrated way, the 1st International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS1) was held in Kobe, Japan in 1990. Afterward, the EMECS Conference has been held around the world every 2 or 3 y [more]
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Consensus International Data Quality and Peer Review Standards
CRE will coordinate an effort to establish consensus international standards for data quality and peer review. These standards will apply to the study and regulation of marine sound. When completed, these standards should apply to other marine endeavors. We are focusing on marine sound at the outset because CRE has established expertise in th [more]
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Stewardship of BC coastal marine environment; development of safe, public routes for marine transit of BC coast by human-powered boats; development of a Code of Conduct for sustainable coastal marine recreation
The purposes of the BCMT are: A. To identify, map and preserve a network of marine access points and public recreational sites along the British Columbia coastline for use by the general public; The BCMT maintains a database or map of hundreds of sites allowing the public to view or plan paddling trips in human-powered boats. This is a joint pro [more]
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Offshore Pacific Marine Protected Area Project
The Offshore Pacific Area of Interest was identified by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2017 as an area under consideration to become an Oceans Act MPA. This came as a result of the identification of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs), including seamounts and hydrothermal vents, in the Offshore Pacific Bioregion during 2016. Sea [more]
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The Prevention of plastic pollution through Sustainable development
1st=United youth for peace and Reconciliation (UYFPAR), is a charitable organization based in Liberia, has two main goals; to restore peace and prevent the marine environment from plastic pollution. The part of prevention is to inform and raise awareness to the world in the use, reduction and recycling of plastic, while enhancing Circular Econo [more]
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Oceanographic monitoring in the Northeast Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) supports research across physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods. The scientific discoveries emerging from this research contribute to the global effort to provide evidence-based decision-making that will enable sustainable management of ocean resources. ONCs observat [more]
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Raising awareness for the ocean protection among the youngest of the coastal communities in Cape Verde
ECOCENO foundation is a consultancy operating on the islands of Cape Verde dedicated to raise awareness to protect the Atlantic Ocean and the environment we live in. Throughout our series of classes at 11 primary schools in Cape Verde, we aim to encourage sustainable behaviour and interaction among the coastal communities. Our goal is to keep o [more]
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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]
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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