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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.

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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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There is currently > 7.3 billion tons of plastic in the Earth System, rising to 40 Bt by 2050. ~10 Mt of plastics reach the oceans every year; 12 Bt are projected to be in landfill by 2050. As these are released, the flux of plastics to surface waters, coastlines and oceans is amplified, with significant environmental, social and economic co [more]
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Protection of the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystem
Through its campaign and public education, parvati.org with its policy will acquire one million signature and 99 treaty signatures for Arctic ocean to be declared international peace park free from human exploitation.
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One Gulf of California (1GC)
Work with Mexican state governments (Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur) and civil society in coastal communities surrounding the Gulf of California to co-create 2 year action plans, with concrete steps -- commitments -- to end marine pollution and ensure sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of California.\\r\\n\\r\\nThis mo [more]
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Goal 7, 14 and 13 commitment
We will do this through ensuring that we recycle one of the major ocean pollutants which are plastics. We will also make sure that there are proper awareness campaigns on the effects of pollution especially on marines life as it kills over 80,000 marine life anually. We will be committed to push for policies that will encourage Clean and affordable [more]
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Creating awareness and ensuring access to technology through education & community programs
The Foundation is an initiative to promote environmental conservation in general, spread awareness about climate change and empower the coastal communities, youth to take necessary action. The Foundation acts as a facilitator between communities, industry, government agencies, academic & research institutes to achieve its objectives. It has been in [more]
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A Maritime Strategy for the sustainable development of the blue economy in Catalonia
On 12 June 2018, the Government of Catalonia approved the 2030 Maritime Strategy of Catalonia together with its first multiannual Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2021, which is a roadmap of specific actions to be implemented by the various ministries and stakeholders. The 2030 Vision of the Strategy is to fully develop the potential of the blue [more]
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I AM DR.ANANTHA NAGESH BABU PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FISHERMEN (NAF) HAVING LONG COASTAL LINE, i have 22 years experience in fisheries and aquaculture, i am successfully completed my M.Sc fisheries in Bhopal university India. i expert of shrimp hatcheries i would like to transfer my technology for poor community at the same time i nee [more]
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Ocean University Initiative
Ocean University Initiative has been launched by the University of Brest with the support of local authorities and many of our local and national science partners. Brest/Western part of Brittany hosts the largest concentration of marine research in France and France has put a large investment into concentrating research capacities in this area. T [more]
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Sea Turtle Conservation
The Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network is a voluntary group working on olive ridley sea turtle conservation from 1988-89 on a 14 Km stretch of beach in Chennai city. In earlier years poaching of eggs was a major motivator for volunteers to take up this ex-situ conservation work. Later, the growing city with its brightly lit beaches an [more]
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Design and implementation of a national fisheries governance model based on co-management
Based on prior successful pilot projects, the Government of Catalonia adopted the Decree 118/2018, of 19 June, on the governance model for professional fishing in Catalonia. This legal text provides for the first time in Europe a legal framework for true fisheries co-management. The model is based on co-management committees (CoCs) integrated by re [more]
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shark photosynthesis identification iNaturalist
Biodegradable waste mass network operation installation in former Asian Pacific region; former portal cities: Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Okinawa, Beijing, & Hong Kong maritime securities governance upgraded.
Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs)
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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