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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.

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 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.

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Pescarte Project
The Pescarte project is part of an Environmental Education Program in the Campos Basin, EAP-CB, and is a mitigating measure for Brazilian federal environmental licensing, instituted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources-IBAMA in 2010. The program aims to articulate the Environmental Education projects, of co [more]
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Nouveau Point de vue
Groupe experts Pour le développement et la protection de faunes marines d’outre-mer
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Clean Sea LIFE - fighting marine litter in Italy
Clean Sea LIFE project, co-financed by the European Union's LIFE programme, fights marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea with a campaign to raise awareness in citizen, operators and authorities, inspire changes in attitude, encourage co-responsibility and promote good waste management. The specific objectives are: 1. to increase awareness on ML, [more]
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Creating a vision to guide development of a sustainable ocean future: the Future Seas 2030 initiative
The Future Seas project develops evidence-informed scenarios of the future in 2030, for each of 12 Key Challenges facing the world's oceans. The project then generates a tangible plan for possible actions at local, regional and global scales to undertake to achieve the 2030 vision most in line with an equitable and sustainable future. Participan [more]
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Marine protection
To reduce litter input into the ocean through promoting marine environmental protection and coastal cleanup activities.
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Project Ocean Friendly Businesses
Ocean Friendly Business Project (OFB) We launched the OFB project, as part of our efforts to avoid pollution on the Pacific Ocean coast in the South of the Nicoya Peninsula. What is OFB? OFB is a certification for businesses demonstrating good practices that avoid water and ocean pollution. In order to be certified, what should the business comply [more]
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As the 2020 UN Ocean Conference, to be held in Lisbon in June 2020
Entitled: AWARENESS / MOBILIZATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE FRENCH ISLANDS: 2017 - 2030 CONFERENCES - SYMPOSIUM - INTERNATIONAL FORUMS - ROUND TABLES - SEMINARS, etc ... International Association for Partnership and Emergence in Africa (AIPEA) and International Association for the Indigent Poor and Assistance (AIPIA) will jointly coordinate the [more]
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Nous voulons des que la pèche qui se fait dans nos eaux territoriales respectent l'environnement, que l'on diminue tout ce qui entraine la p [more]
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Coastal Cleanup and Community Outreach Education for Single-use Plastics
The objective of the Island Coastal Cleanup for 14 l sites in Abu Dhabi is to gather collected trash/data on single use plastics using an app called Clean Abu Dhabi We have identified 14 sites where we would like our stakeholders to organize their cleanup activities and use the app to collect the data .and launch a new mobile application †[more]
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Guidelines for Reducing Plastic Waste (GRP) & Global partnership
- Scale and duration of the practice Initiative of 'Guidlines for Reducing Plastic Waste (GRP) and 'Global Partnership' planned to be prgressed throughout 2018~2030. -Socioeconomic Environment Currently, the per capita consumption of plastic, including plastic bags in Korea is about 420 and 100 kilograms per year. It ranks first in the wor [more]
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Enhancing research and awareness on the impact of plastic on tropical marine ecosystems
Plastics are widely used because they are lightweight, durable and inexpensive. Low recovery rates and improper disposal of plastic waste has resulted in the accumulation of plastics in the environment. This has led to the emergence of a new type of contaminant in the environment, referred to as microplastic. Both larger plastic materials and micro [more]
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To prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution in the Lagos State Shore from all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Voluntary commitment is geared towards building a sustainable environment. Through the MEDIC platform, we have been able to spearhead a monthly beach cleanup exercise on beaches in Lagos State. We create awareness using a two-pronged approach. Outreaches are carried out in local communities to enlighten residents about the need to create a synergy [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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