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As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.

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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
Stop plastic bags in the Mediterranean Area, #OceanAction15599
Legambiente is pursuing the commitment to promote the strong need to spread the plastic bags ban to all the Mediterranean countries to prevent the pollution of this specific item in the Mediterranean sea. Since 2015 all the Mediterranean organization involved in the Clean up the Med campaign are monitoring beach litter following a common monitoring [more]
Progress update
Science and awareness: a mediterranean connection against marine litter, #OceanAction20169
Legambiente and the University of Siena are pursuing their commitment to enforce the link between scientific research and awareness raising activities on the topic of marine litter in the Mediterranean sea. Were finding several moments to share experience and talk about the marine litter problem using the scientific data, citizen science and inform [more]
Progress update
Stop plastic bags in the Mediterranean Area, #OceanAction15599
Since 2015 we are monitoring beach litter following a common protocol. Within Clean up the Med 2017 edition, a communication on the need to ban plastic bags in all Med countries has been spread. Up to now, 74 among hotels, schools, universities, diving, associations, municipalities from several med countries have joined our request to support the b [more]
Progress update
Science and awareness: a mediterranean connection against marine litter, #OceanAction20169
In the summer of 2017, within the Legambientes campaign Goletta Verde, University of Siena have carried out the collection of macroplastic samples all around Italian coasts for analyse them and evaluate the concentrations of environmental contaminants. Several interviews on this commitment has been released. In summer 2017, also the Vele spiegate p [more]
Progress update
Stop plastic bags in the Mediterranean Area, #OceanAction15599
Since 2015 we are monitoring beach litter following a common protocol. Within Clean up the Med 2017 edition, a communication on the need to ban plastic bags in all Mediterranean countries has been spread to all the participating organizations. Up to now, 74 among hotels, schools, universities, diving, associations, municipalities from Greece, Spain [more]
Progress update
Ocean Protection Educational Initiatives and Advocacy , #OceanAction14264
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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
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
Preserve and protect the marine environment against pollution by (plastic) litter and microplastics though prevention and reduction, #OceanAction23773
APLM - the Portuguese Marine Litter Association (2014) is a voluntary organization with the objective to preserve and protect the marine environment against pollution by (plastic) litter and microplastics, though prevention and reduction of plastic litter from land and sea based sources. We are committed to raise society awareness and co-respons [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]
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