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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.

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
Promote information and Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the sustainability of small scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication., #OceanAction14945
CoopeSoliDar R.L together with the Marine Responsible Fishing Area Network has been carrying out actions towards the recognition of rights of fisher communities and mollusk gatherers in Costa Rica as well as strengthening their capacities towards the discussion related to marine conservation within others. Issues like non-formal productive activit [more]
Progress update
Mapping Marine Managed Areas: Creating a Database of Managed Areas in the High Seas, #OceanAction18843
The ProtectedSeas Marine Managed Area map now includes MPAs and MMAs in Chile, Mexico, Canada, and Palau and is working to complete South America and many islands in Oceania.
Progress update
Swedish strategy for global action on the environment, climate, oceans and natural resources 2018-2022., #OceanAction21416
On the 1st of March 2018 the Swedish Government adopted the new strategy for global action on the environment, climate, oceans and natural resources 2018-2022. \r\n\r\nThe strategy is available (in Swedish) at the Governments webpage https://www.regeringen.se/494483/contentassets/6491391c577645b8b7d59eee1dc66562/strategi-for-sveriges-globala-utveck [more]
Progress update
Blue Planning in Practice: Worldwide MSP training offer to enable ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management, #OceanAction25529
Strengthening MSP in Latin America: Another Blue Planning in Practice Training was conducted in Atacames, Ecuador! The fictitious country Bakul is the venue and place of learning in our Marine Spatial Planning training courses. From 26th February to 2nd March, Bakul was visited by another outstanding group of participants with lots of passion fo [more]
Progress update
Marine Conservation Masterplan - Vizhinjam/Kovalam, India, #OceanAction20244
Our full-time team has just been hired, with our international coordinators getting ready to head back to southern Kerala early this April. We have hired two Australian's, Blake Hight and Daniel Fry to assist running the project on the ground with our Indian Coordinator Krishna KS. Our team have varied backgrounds in marine biology, waste managemen [more]
Progress update
Joint Roadmap to accelerate Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning worldwide, #OceanAction15346
One of the actions of this Roadmap is to establish an international forum for discussion and exchange, offering concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP. The forum\'s overarching objective would be to empower a new generation of planners, sectors, businesses and civil society to identify solutions and commit to cross-sectoral actions to [more]
New Commitment
Blue Planning in Practice: Worldwide MSP training offer to enable ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management, #OceanAction25529
Capacity Development is a key element of the Blue Solutions Initiative. Through different formats and cooperation with various partner institutions, we seek to ... enhance capacities for scaling up success ... provide learning opportunities and trainings on Blue Solutions themes ... support policy processes to facilitate blue solutions. Co [more]
New Commitment
Stronger commitment to dolphin protection, #OceanAction24394
Hotelplan Suisse is strengthening its cooperation with the Swiss NGO OceanCare, with a particular focus on dolphin protection. The aim is to advise customers against visiting dolphinaria and swimming with dolphins by educating and raising awareness of the issue. Such activities will no longer be advertised. Hotelplan Suisse and OceanCare aim to ra [more]
New Commitment
Tethered Plastic Cap Solution Implementation WorldWide, #OceanAction24354
ThisCap's goal is to implement, within the single use bottle industry, a tethered plastic cap solution that can be used on ALL beverage and chemical containers. Our patented innovation will prevent more than 5 Billion Plastic Caps each day from entering Earth's Wildlife Habitats.
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System , #OceanAction23965
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System This initiative, launched in implementation of Goal 7 of the Sendai Framework () aims to promote the strengthening or introduction of multi-hazard warning systems in Small Island Developing States to protect life and property in the [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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