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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
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
RARE WORKSHOP (From Sea to Plate) Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Centre February 18, 2016 https://www.rare.org/fisheries The workshop attended tackles the issues on sustainable fisheries and the challenges artisanal or village fishermen encounter to survive and make a living. RARE Philippines believes in the following: Conservation is ab [more]
Progress update
Oceanic Blue Carbon Voluntary Commitment, #OceanAction21396
In 2017, Oceanic Blue Carbon was featured in the following:

Workshop held at the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Society for Conservation Biology, Cartagena, Colombia, 2017, titled Role of Cetaceans in Ecosystem Functioning: Defining Marine Conservation Policies in the 21st Century. Workshop report available here: htt [more]
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]
New Commitment
Laut Sehat - Healthy Ocean - Solid Waste Management Symposia - 2018, 2019 Indonesia, #OceanAction23761
In collaboration with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Marine & Fisheries and district governments Republic of Indonesia, ADUPI Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association and other stakeholders we organise Solid Waste Management Symposia throughout Indonesia. Goal: Improving Waste Management & Less waste to ocean These [more]
New Commitment
Indonesian Waste Platform - Hub, #OceanAction16206
Indonesian Waste Platform - hub connecting Government, Universities, Companies, Grass root organizations/NGO/Community initiatives. The hub is used for dissemination of stakeholder's news, data, best-practices, lessons learned, government policies, technical information, research results, questions to peers, introductions, establish Uncommon Coll [more]
New Commitment
Monitoring and regabilitation of HA. Kelaa House Reef, Maldives, #OceanAction23127
Our aim is to conduct a baseline survey of the house reef and map the reef to determine the areas of rich biodiversity . These areas will be monitored every 3 months and data will be recorded. We hope make these areas as community managed protected areas in 3 years time. Also, any severely damaged areas will be rehabilitated via community based cor [more]
New Commitment
Responsible & Sustainable Aquaculture Practices for Fiji and Pacific Islands enabling Food Security & Natural Resource Preservation, #OceanAction22817
Pacific Ocean Culture Pte Ltd is an integrated aquaculture company operating within the Central Region of Fiji, focusing on food security through our sustainable seafood vision for the domestic and export market. Our objective is to support the regional initiatives for economic growth, improved health, education, employment and regeneration of t [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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