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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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The Poseidon-Projects. We are caring for ocean health using our special technology, reducing the biological pollution, and acidification
We are BRIDGING science and industry, bringing the healthy balance back to the ocean and planet Earth while combatting global warming using our inventions, IP, and revolutionary technologies with Ensynox and Bra(i)nsynox. We are from the industry but with a scientific background and knowledge, a scientific team behind us. Our solution goes back [more]
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Delivery of Education on Ocean and Climate Health
Delivery of interactive educational content that inspires and empowers individuals to act to make a difference to how they consider and combat climate change, with a particular emphasis on the health of the oceans. Commitment is to deliver this message to over 100,000 students over the course of 2021 and monitor the impact it has on their behaviour [more]
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Whales: Spotting and Tagging Using Aerial Surveillance Technology (Drones), Entanglements and Krill Shortages
History: *Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale fatalities. *Whales in surface activities are found to have less reaction time due to feeding, sleeping or inability to move as fast as oncoming ships. *Ships also have manoeuvrability issues to avoid whales due to operation on liquid surfaces. Whale Benefits: Whales provide many benef [more]
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Supporting efforts to gather ocean stakeholders and communicate the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
With different activities we support the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders in Germany and Europe with the following projects and activities: - Love Your Ocean Dusseldorf boat show - Activities with different partners [more]
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Clean-up of Halfmoon Beach
Our objective is to provide a cleaner beach environment as well as a less polluted shallow coastal water area for not only the people visiting this area but also the wildlife. Our commitment will be twofold and include clean-up of both the beach in addition to the shallow coastal waters. We will organize large teams of university students as well [more]
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Urban Ocean
Urban Ocean: Building Clean, Healthy Cities for Clean, Healthy Seas. Scientists estimate that approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic flows into the ocean annually--the equivalent of about one garbage truck full of plastic dumping into the ocean every minute. Most of it comes from land, and from parts of the world where economic growth has o [more]
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Strong support for global efforts to address the matter of marine litter, including plastic, on a global level
HELCOM notes with concern the high and rapidly increasing levels of marine plastic litter and microplastics as a global environmental problem and a serious threat to the marine environment. HELCOM commits itself to the prevention and significant reduction of marine plastic litter and microplastics from both land- and sea-based sources, which consti [more]
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Update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan
HELCOM commits to updating the Baltic Sea Action Plan by 2021, and to include, in the update, increased support for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Baltic Sea Action Plan is HELCOM's strategic programme of actions and measures for achieving good environmental and ecolo [more]
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Creating awareness through education & community programs on Sustainable Ocean ecosystem in North Borneo, Sabah. We commit to enhancing impact - creating awareness through education & community programs for a sustainable ocean ecosystem by tapping into our community of coastline communities, business owners, consumers, scientists, NGO's and artists [more]
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Keep Belle Isle Beautiful
Mobilizing individuals: Keep Belle Isle Beautiful (KBIB) is the Belle Isle Conservancy's campaign to remove trash, plastics, and other littered items from the land and waterways. Through education and outreach, KBIB inspires change in park user behaviour to protecting precious natural resources, leading to healthier, trash-free parks and neighbourh [more]
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Legal ban of microplastics in cosmetics and cleaning products
In November 2018, Ocean. Now! started it's first campaign, Microplastics in Cosmetics and Cleaning Products which represents our voluntary commitment for SDG14 within the area of Marine Pollution (14.1). The objective of this voluntary commitment is a public announcement of the German Minister of Environment regarding two aspects: Germany will intr [more]
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Ocean Acidification Framework
The City of Vancouver has a tradition of taking action on climate and environmental issues. We will work collaboratively across all levels of government, organizations and communities to advance our understanding of the interconnectedness of our actions with ocean acidification and seek solutions. The Ocean Acidification Framework is an opportunit [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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