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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.

Webinar: Addressing Lost and Abandoned Fishing Gear, 18 June 2019
Webinar “Addressing Lost and Abandoned Fishing Gear”, 18 June 2019

Hosted by the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), the webinar includes presentations by experts from FAO and Bureo on their work on addressing lost and abandoned fishing gear at scale. This work supports the achievement of GGGI’s Voluntary Commitment #OceanAction148 [more]
Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs)
new commitment
Oceans Plastic Pollution - Save Marine Life and Human Health
We are turning our beautiful Oceans into a plastic soup. About 8 million tons of plastic enters the oceans every year, and at this rate, we face a future with more plastic in the Ocean than fish by 2050. Our plastic addiction and waste mismanagement are condemning countless marine birds and animals to death by entanglement or poisoning, and even le [more]
new commitment
5th Year Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting @ Barangay Lawin 11, Cavite City, Philippines
The objectives of the 5th Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting are to promote, create community awareness and outreach while implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals # 14, 13,12,11, 4, and 3. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\nWith multisectoral partnerships and collaborations coastal cleanups, mang [more]
new commitment
Te Haumihi
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guard [more]
new commitment
Water Festival Freiburg \\\\\\\\
The Water Festival Freiburg from the 11th to the 13th of July 2019 is an international event of innovation and culture, which is organised by the Freiburg change management consultancy “Zukunftsmoderation!” in conjunction with the English film and project team “Plasticoceans.uk” and additional partners from the fields of industry, science a [more]
new commitment
Plages Propres
Le programme « Plages Propres » est un programme de développement durable en matière de propreté, d’équipement, d’aménagement et de gestion des plages, a [more]
new commitment
Assessment of microplastics in coral reef ecosystem of Gulf of Mannar, India
Gulf of Mannar (GoM) is one of the four major coral reef regions in India. In this region the reefs are distributed around twenty-one uninhabited islands spread across 160 km along the coast between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. The average distance between the shore and the islands is about 8 km and the reefs are easily accessible. The coast is dense [more]
new commitment
Planning Meetings for The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
1) Engage and consult relevant communities regarding contributions to the objectives of the Decade, with priority given to engaging early career scientists and disadvantaged groups and regions and to the science -policy interface, building on the outputs of regional and global consultations undertaken;\r\n2) Capacity development through organizatio [more]
new commitment
Ocean, cleanup and Arctic Ocean Campaign exercise
Objective is to organize a cleanup exercise and Raise awareness about pollution in the Arctic Ocean, \\\\r\\\\nImplementation: in collaboration with letsdoitworld we were able to mobile thousands of members in the Pacific island nations to participate in the clean up our country coordinator in Team54Project.org led the team. \\\\r\\\\n\\\\r\\\\nFor [more]
new commitment
Worldrise ONLUS- We Act For Nature
Worldrise is a non-profit organisation founded by young professionals able to create projects that unite environmental\\r\\nprotection, creativity, and education. Our projects aim to promote the conservation and valorisation of the marine environment through activities\\r\\nthat are also able to act as a driver for sustainable economic and social d [more]
new commitment
Beach cleans, survey of litter, and ecological surveys
Beach cleans, survey of litter, and ecological surveys\\r\\nTo run 10 beach cleans, including all equipment and survey ID books and guides. Practical Conservation projects such as tree-planting, beach cleans and wildlife surveys in Plymouth and surrounding area UK.
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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