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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
Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) , #OceanAction15986
COBSEA Strategic Directions 2018-2022 were adopted at the Second Extraordinary Intergovernmental Meeting of COBSEA, held in Bangkok, Thailand 25-26 April 2018. The Strategic Directions set out substantive priorities for COBSEAs work, focusing on land-based pollution including marine litter, nutrients and waste water, as well as ecosystem-based coas [more]
Progress update
Marine Conservation Masterplan - Vizhinjam/Kovalam, India, #OceanAction20244
Our team in India has been slowly progressing towards the implementation of our long-term objectives, as outline in our 5-year Masterplan for the region. In April, we officially opened our Marine Conservation Centre on the ground in Kovalam, with our 3 Coordinators commencing work from May. To date, the team has been developing core relationships w [more]
Progress update
The Ocean Cleanup, #OceanAction15227
System 001 launched from San Francisco on September 8, 2018 - https://www.theoceancleanup.com/updates/system-001-has-launched-into-the-pacific/
Progress update
Capacitar a maestros de escuela en el manejo de desechos slidos, #OceanAction17294
This commitment consisted in training teachers at the Escuela Modelo in late 2017 and having a green classroom and center of separation fully functional by end of 2018. Unfortunately, we were not able to hold this training in 2017, instead we received funding from MARFUND in 2018 and were able to continue with this commitment.\r\nIn October 2018, t [more]
Progress update
Enhance the Tropical Coastline Seascape of South Tarawa through community based approach, #OceanAction20179
The GEF Small Grants Programme is providing grants to 5 village communities along South Tarawa lagoon to build own community septic toilets to stop defecation on the beach. The community toilets should be linked to the sewer lines or have their own septic storage tanks that will be pumped out from time to time. Sustainable land management training [more]
Progress update
The Ocean Cleanup, #OceanAction15227
The initiative led by The Ocean Cleanup Foundation has successfully released System 001 to its intended location in the Pacific and the cleanup has officially begun. System 001 underwent 14 days of trialing before embarking on the Great pacific garbage patch. On October 3rd, System 001 was arranged into its towing formation and subsequently, embark [more]
New Commitment
Goal 14 implemetation for the protection of Mediterranean sea's whales and dolphins, #OceanAction28447
Through its activities, Battibaleno association promotes the knowledge of marine mammals to encourage their protection and contributes to the effective creation of protected areas in the Mediterranean sea, as well as providing the scientific community with research data. MONITORING AND CETACEANS' RESEARCH'S SEA EXPEDITIONS: Battibaleno conducts [more]
New Commitment
Clean Coastline (Ren Kustlinje), #OceanAction28429
Ren Kustlinje Clean Coastline is an innovative EU project (founded through the Interreg resund-Kattegatt-Skagerrak program, Innovation Area) and is ongoing in the period 1/1 2016 - 31/12 2018. The main objective of the project is on marine waste as a common challenge for the countries around the KASK region. 34 partners from Sweden, Norway and [more]
New Commitment
Taking actions towards our ocean through environmental education in Guatemala, #OceanAction28407
To implement education, scientific and community development programs that promote the conservation and correct use of the ocean and its marine life. In this sense, as an organization, we are willing to increase scientific knowledge in the population of Guatemala, this, by doing scientific research and connecting people with the oceans through [more]
New Commitment
Bikash Ranjan Rautray, #OceanAction28312
Mangroves are a unique partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. MFF provides a platform for collaboration among the many different agencies, sectors and countries which are addressing challenges to coastal ecosystem and livelihood issues. The goal is to promote an integrated oce [more]
New Commitment
Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators' Clean Seas Project, #OceanAction28230
The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is an international association for expedition cruise operators in the Arctic and others who support our vision of responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic. AECO has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme and is contr [more]
New Commitment
Microplastics research in lakes, rivers, seas and oceans, #OceanAction28204
Plastic pollution has become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Worldwide, on average eight billion kilos of plastics end up in our oceans every year – that is 23.000 kilos every single minute(!). Those plastics – ranging from large to microscopically small – cause devastating effects on the environment, animals and possibly [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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