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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.

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Restoration of mangrove ecosystem in Tanzania for enhancement of local communities
Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) is a semi-autonomous government Executive Agency mandated to sustainably undertake conservation, development and utilization of national forest and bee resources so that they contribute to the social, economic, ecological and cultural needs of present and future generations. Mangrove Forest Reserve in Tanzania [more]
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Naete Barbosa Lima Reis
The environmental education project Pescarte is the result of social organization, which established a measure that, oil and gas companies, in order to be licensed, must comply with a series of measures. Among them, they are required, by the federal environmental agency, IBAMA, to implement environmental education programs and projects. Environmen [more]
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Nicolas Nilusmas
Groupe experts Pour le développement et la protection de faunes marines d’outre-mer
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Clean Sea LIFE - fighting marine litter in Italy
Clean Sea LIFE project, co-financed by the European Union\\\'s LIFE programme, fights marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea with a campaign to raise awareness in citizen, operators and authorities, inspire changes in attitude, encourage co-responsibility and promote good waste management. \\r\\nThe specific objectives are:\\r\\n1. to increase awar [more]
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Creating a vision to guide development of a sustainable ocean future: the Future Seas 2030 initiative
Future Seas develops evidence-informed scenarios of the future by 2030, for each of 12 challenges facing the world’s oceans, and then generates a tangible plan for possible actions at local, regional and global scales to undertake to achieve the 2030 vision most in lin [more]
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Marine protection
To reduce litter input into the ocean through promoting marine environmental protection and coastal cleanup activities.
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As the 2020 UN Ocean Conference, to be held in Lisbon in June 2020
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Coastal Cleanup and Community Outreach Education for Single-use Plastics
The objective of the Island Coastal Cleanup for 14 l sites in Abu Dhabi is to gather collected trash/data on single use plastics using an app called Clean Abu Dhabi We have identified 14 sites where we would like our stakeholders to organize their cleanup activities and use the app to collect the data .and launch a new mobile application †[more]
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Prioritizing Ocean Conservation in the Public and Private Sector
The Korean Association for Supporting the SDGs for the UN (ASD), special consultative status with ECOSOC, recommend and urge sustainable models for key global corporations and the national assembly to participate and implement the SDGs, especially for SDGs Goal 14; Life Below Water.The organization annually publish and announce the Sustainable Deve [more]
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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.
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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