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Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
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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Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology

Sustainable management and conservation of the ocean requires a solid and trusted knowledge base upon which decisions are based. Promoting science-based solutions and their systematic transformation into informed policies underpin the successful attainment of SDG 14. Marine science plays an important role in the fisheries management process, including for the adoption of conservation and management measures. Science also has an important role to play in managing other human pressures on the marine environment, including cumulative impacts from local pressures such as marine pollution, coastal development and resources extraction that act together with global impacts of climate change. Traditional knowledge, based on generations of close interaction with the ocean environment, can provide a similarly important foundation for stewardship. Education and public awareness are important priorities for producing an informed and engaged population and for raising the next generation of ocean citizens. Technology can support the achievement of SDG 14, for example, by helping to deliver more efficient and sustainable fishing methods, enhance monitoring and surveillance of fishing activities, facilitate pollution prevention and clean-up, and enhance marine spatial planning.

Over 540 voluntary commitments relate to increasing scientific knowledge, capacity-building and technology transfer They included activities related to scientific research, developing capacity for research, training and professional development, access to data and transfer of marine technologies. At least six commitments will rely to some degree on traditional knowledge in their implementation. Education and awareness raising were part of approximately 200 commitments.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their voluntary commitments related to scientific knowledge, the development of research capacity, the use of traditional knowledge, the transfer of marine technology, education and public awareness by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System , #OceanAction23965
Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC) on 22-23, May 2017\

Over 400 practitioners from a wide variety of institutional and technical backgrounds convened in Cancun, Mexico, for two days at the MHEWC immediately prior to the Fifth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico.

The major contributions of the [more]
Progress update
Responding to El Niņo: Improving International Coordination for Improved Early Warning, #OceanAction15659
Responding to El Nio: Improving International Coordination for Improved Early Warning- ENSO-neutral conditions established since January 2017

WMO circulated the regular updated reports and products to Members and related international organizations through the relevant websites on El Nio and its impacts. In the meantime, an effort on coor [more]
Progress update
Connecting and Protecting Our Seas: Initiatives in the Baltic and the Mediterranean , #OceanAction20104
In the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Sweden and Monaco co-organised a follow-up conference to the UN Ocean Summit in New York, in Monaco on 12 14 October 2017. The conference was a voluntary commitment towards the implementation of SDG14. Sweden and Monaco moved from words to action in faci [more]
Progress update
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
As it appears, energy generation, conversion and storage from a process called "reversible reaction" pioneered by the French chemist, Claude Louis Berthollet, can be possible. The ability of the coral and karstic formation in many parts of the world's ocean to absorb high-intense energy has the huge potential to tap a large source of energy from [more]
Progress update
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
Coral and Karstic Formation as a Source of Marine Renewable Energy Recently, there was a huge interest in ultra-violet ray (UVR). The obvious reason is that higher heat offers more energy, making it an important target in the design of solar cells. Parallel to the development in solar cell research, the study of coral photosynthesis sheds lig [more]
Progress update
Year of Polar Prediction, #OceanAction14082
Key achievements in 2017: Official launch of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) on 15 May 2017. - Collaboration frameworks: (a) Collaboration with EUMETNET (network of 31 European National Meteorological Services) resulting in funding for dedicated radiosonde launches and additional buoy deployments (coop. with AARI - Arctic and Antarctic Research [more]
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
Watertrek , #OceanAction24104
Watertrek is a franco-british association founded by French Actress Sverine VASSELIN that aims to raise awareness on the need to protect aquatic ecosystems. Its work is structured around 3 main missions and poles: - TO EDUCATE (producing Creative Ocean Literacy Contents, using theater & fiction to inspire), - TO INITIATE (offering Paddle [more]
New Commitment
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
The objective is to promote awareness of the ongoing campaign against global warming and climate change, contribute to the scientific solution on issues related to ocean action and most specifically, in coral reef protection The objective may extend to discoveries of innovative solution in energy generation, conversion and storage within the oce [more]
New Commitment
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System , #OceanAction23965
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System This initiative, launched in implementation of Goal 7 of the Sendai Framework () aims to promote the strengthening or introduction of multi-hazard warning systems in Small Island Developing States to protect life and property in the [more]
New Commitment
Provision of subject matter expertise on the application of risk management tools in regulatory frameworks supporting SDG14, #OceanAction23807
UNECE with its Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies and its Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) commits to develop recommendations for governments related to the application of practical risk management tools in regulatory frameworks in support of the SDGs, and with an initial focus on SDG [more]
New Commitment
Unmanned/Autonomous Technologies For Ocean Protection and Production, #OceanAction23654
The objective is to develop unmanned/autonomous technologies for aiding ocean protection and production. The technologies will be developed, tested and evaluated in collaboration with multiple partners by bringing together groups of experts from different fields. The work will involve using existing commercially available technological capabilit [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
  • Ms. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of Global Environment Facility (GEF)
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