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Marine pollution
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 pollution

Marine pollution from human activities can be found at all points across the ocean’s vast expanse, whether in the deep, at the surface, or in the organisms that live in it. Land-based sources (such as agricultural run-off, discharge of nutrients, pesticides and untreated sewage including plastics) account for approximately 80% of marine pollution globally, and include sewage and wastewater, persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, oils, nutrients, sediments and marine debris (or marine litter). Plastics typically constitute the most important part of marine debris, sometimes accounting for up to 100 % of floating litter, and impacting economies, ecosystems, animal welfare and human health worldwide. Nutrient over-enrichment is considered to be the main causes of so-called “dead zones”, hypoxic regions that exhibit oxygen levels that are too low to support many aquatic organisms, including commercially desirable species, and resulting in the collapse of some ecosystems.

Over 540 voluntary commitments relate to the reduction of marine pollution, demonstrating the importance of this activity. Most commonly, they aim to reduce marine pollution from plastics through bans on plastic products, recycling and coastal cleanups. Commitments relating to nutrient management and controlling other sources of pollution were also common.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their marine pollution-related voluntary commitments by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Support action, innovation and learning to address source-to-sea priorities, #OceanAction15031
2018 Deliverable completed:
Water action for the ocean high-level panel at World Water Forum 8 sets direction for sustainable management from source to sea

The 8th World Water Forum was a very strategic event for the S2S Platform in its ambition to influence the policy agendas of major freshwater actors, to take actions for the ocean [more]
Progress update
Plastic Bag Free Raglan, #OceanAction20309
Target was to influence 80% of the towns businesses to be single use plastic bag free by 2017. We have exceeded this target, and moved the bags per week usage down from 20,000 per week to below 1,000 per week. The project is now evolving to include the next problematic single use plastic items. Joint community, NGO and businesses initiative - true [more]
Progress update
Protecting the Ocean from WasteWater is a necessary Climate Action: Ending Marine Pollution returns Natural Water Cycles to the Land to foster Biodiversity., #OceanAction15488
Water use is typically linear - take clean water from the land, dispose spent water to waterway. The key problem in changing to a circular water economy is the need to implement additional resources, both capital and regulatory, to safely return water to land for re-use. But this can be achieved quite effectively and simply when including conversio [more]
Progress update
Strengthening regional cooperation for the protection of the marine and coastal environment in the Northwest Pacific, #OceanAction17490
Toyama, Japan, 2 January 2017 Four northwest Pacific nations meeting here for a yearly review of over two-decade-old joint efforts tackling environmental threats to their seas and shores, have agreed on the principles of an updated marine and coastal conservation strategy for one of the worlds most populous regions. Representatives of Japan, Peopl [more]
Progress update
Youth, Ocean and SDG14, #OceanAction20354
The objective of our voluntary commitment is to bring attention and awareness of young people towards SDG 14 and other linked SDGs. The organization will conduct a public awareness campaign at local level by targeting children at schools, institutions of higher learning and youth focused or youth led non-government organizations on ocean conservat [more]
Progress update
Tethered Plastic Cap Solution Implementation WorldWide, #OceanAction24354
ThisCap has been working hard over the past 4 years to insure the implementation of a Tethered Cap Solution WorldWide. 2018 will see its use in the largest populated regions, Asia and India with the rest of the world to follow.
New Commitment
Paddling for a Cleaner ocean , #OceanAction25293
Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon set out to kayak over 2000km from Juneau (Alaska) to Vancouver Island (Canada) over 3 months to raise awareness about marine debris and promote women in adventure. The trip will take 3 months in total and they are doing it completely singe-use plastic-free. Marine debris is an issue that is affecting our oceans wo [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
Closed Loop Ocean Funding Mechanism, #OceanAction24196
Closed Loop Oceans is designed to fund waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia, with a focus on investments to improve collection, sorting and recycling markets that prevent plastics from entering the environment. Nearly half of the plastic that flows into the ocean every year an estimated eight million metric tons escapes f [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
Watertrek , #OceanAction24104
Watertrek is a franco-british association founded by French Actress Sverine VASSELIN that aims to raise awareness on the need to protect aquatic ecosystems. Its work is structured around 3 main missions and poles: - TO EDUCATE (producing Creative Ocean Literacy Contents, using theater & fiction to inspire), - TO INITIATE (offering Paddle [more]
New Commitment
A Plastic Planet, #OceanAction23986
A Plastic Planet A Plastic Planet (APP) is a grassroots organisation with a single goal to turn off the plastic tap. APP is not focused on recycling, but an absolute reduction in the production and the use of plastic to package food and drink and drive the change towards responsible alternatives. APPs strategy includes raising consumer awareness [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Andreas Merkl, President, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
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