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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.

new commitment
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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Restoring and protecting the ocean
Project Zero is a global movement supported by renowned scientists, business leaders, campaigners, culture makers and ocean experts, who are all working together to awaken the fight for the ocean. Project Zero works to raise global awareness and ignite behaviour change that benefits the ocean and raises new revenue to complete the most pressing pr [more]
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Policy strategies to declare 30% of the Uruguayan EEZ a Marine Protected Area MPA -EBSA-
The Sanctuary for Whales and Dolphins is considered the biggest protected areas in Uruguay (125.057 km2), declared by law 19.128 in 2013, as a result of the OCC campaign together with local communities especially K-12 students. The new important contribution is a multipurpose Marine Protected Area MPA's off-shore, in the same national waters of the [more]
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Fate of Single use Plastic (SUP) on inland water transport & Its catastrophic effect on River- An awareness and participatory Program To Achieve SDG-14
Bangladesh government has already taken several effective program and initiative to save river and conserve fisheries to achieve SDG. Many social organizations and NGO working alongside with government to achieve SDG-14 hence we Youth Foundation of Bangladesh (YFB) has undertaken an awareness and participatory program in order to develop awareness [more]
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Plastic litter and marine fish (PlasM)
The huge amount of man-made solid waste materials ending up in the oceans becoming marine litter was identified as one of the pressing global challenges. We investigate the amount of microplastics in marine fish and if this is a threat for the animal. Background and Objective Marine litter comprises a wide range of materials such as glass, met [more]
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Clean Beaches Operation
The primary objectives of the operation were: • Raising awareness of beach users and forge a personal sense of environmental responsibility, • Reduce plastic use, • Stop plastic litter, • Equip beaches and ensure safety, • Enforce order and regulations, Three key events took place to sensitize beach visitors as part of this opera [more]
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Clean Coasts
Plastic Pollution & Cleanup Drive: In India, Improper handling of solid waste and throw-away nature of the citizens make the rivers & oceans completely polluted with plastics and other substances. In this light, India Youth For Society (IYFS) launched 100-day-cleanup drive and then, we extended the campaign for one year. It is a service to the env [more]
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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
PROJET VACECC: vision,adhésion,compréhension,éducation,changement,comportement porté par un groupe d'expert volontaire méthode sur https://npdv.nayanco.com cet volonté s'appuie sur un désir de changement et entres autres, sur l'expérience d'universitaires comme ceux composant le L.A.S.I. (Laboratoire des stratégies Industrielles), [more]
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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.
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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