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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.

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
Promote an economic, integrated, sustainable and inclusive development, addressing climate changes challenges in Coastal West Africa, #OceanAction27874
The West African coastline, spanning from Mauritania to Gabon, includes 17 countries that are at varying stages of economic development. Eight of the countries have a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) below US$1,000, ranking among the lowest in the world. Although the West African economies have been growing steadily, the countries continue [more]
New Commitment
Protecting Kep Archipelago, #OceanAction27759
Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an independent community based NGO with a respected national environmental policy and advocacy role. MCC is committed to: protecting and restoring healthy and sustainable marine ecosystems, strengthening their resilience supporting and empowering small-scale fishing communities whos people, for generation [more]
New Commitment
Youth & MSP , #OceanAction27744
The main objective of the strategy is to increase the interest of youth on ocean sciences and especially on the process of maritime spatial planning. The idea is to use comics and cartoons to spread the word about the need to plan the seas, and the global need of maritime spatial planning processes. In the future also make partnerships with comic c [more]
New Commitment
Surfrider Ocean Friendly Program. , #OceanAction27741
The Surfrider Foundation Australia is a registered not for profit organisation dedicated to the protection of Australias waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (C.A.R.E). We have been active in Australia since 1991. Our mission is to inspire coastal communities to be passionate about protecting the ocean for futur [more]
New Commitment
Beach Cleanup, #OceanAction27738
Temple Reef Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that takes active part in marine conservation. Apart from running other projects related to marine conservation, reef cleanups and beach cleanups are conducted regularly to ensure a healthy beach and a healthy ocean. Beach clean-ups are conducted twice every month. These beach clean-ups ar [more]
New Commitment
Sustainable Ocean Ambassador (SOA), #OceanAction27732
Sustainable Ocean Ambassador has been mobilizing, showcasing, endorsing the sustainable use of oceans by 1. promote, demonstrate, empowering food operators and academia to zero waste operations including no single use plastic, up cycling ocean waste and plastic waste to valuable products and arts, art exhibition, training. 2. eliminating use [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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