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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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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.

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5th Year Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting @ Barangay Lawin 11, Cavite City, Philippines
The objectives of the 5th Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting are to promote, create community awareness and outreach while implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals # 14, 13,12,11, 4, and 3. With multisectoral partnerships and collaborations coastal cleanups, mangrove tree planting, urban gardening, eco bricks are executed usi [more]
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FOCAL POINT KINSHASA-DRC
Create training centers and encourage young people and people living in the same community on the importance of the environment; Promote the capacity building of populations for management and development in the environment sector; Promote the acquisition of knowledge favorable to the development of vulnerable people (abandoned children, orphans, [more]
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Te Haumihi
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guard [more]
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WWF-New Zealand is committed to supporting New Zealand develop an effective network of MPAs.
It is our priority to support NZ to develop an effective network of MPAs that is representative of the full range of critical habitats, well connected and in-line with cultural values. Through this mechanism, we aim to support sustainable fisheries for our communities, enhance resilience to climate change and protect biodiversity. We are working [more]
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Planning Meetings for The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
1) Engage and consult relevant communities regarding contributions to the objectives of the Decade, with priority given to engaging early career scientists and disadvantaged groups and regions and to the science -policy interface, building on the outputs of regional and global consultations undertaken; 2) Capacity development through organization o [more]
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Improved Coastal Watersheds and Livelihoods project
By 2019, the Improved Coastal Watersheds and Livelihoods project will improve natural resource management of the Goascoran lower watershed and coastal zone in order to maximize four outcomes: 1) habitat for biodiversity, 2) water-related ecosystem services, 3) climate change adaptation and mitigation, and 4) economic returns from sustainable produc [more]
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Worldrise ONLUS- We Act For Nature
Worldrise is a non-profit organisation founded by young professionals able to create projects that unite environmental protection, creativity, and education. Our projects aim to promote the conservation and valorisation of the marine environment through activities that are also able to act as a driver for sustainable economic and social development [more]
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Developing networks on the environmental management of enclosed coastal seas (EMECS) by organizing conferences with the participation of researchers, government officers, business persons, citizens, and students.
Aiming to establish an international and academic network to solve the environmental problems of enclosed coastal seas in an integrated way, the 1st International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS1) was held in Kobe, Japan in 1990. Afterward, the EMECS Conference has been held around the world every 2 or 3 y [more]
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Consensus International Data Quality and Peer Review Standards
CRE will coordinate an effort to establish consensus international standards for data quality and peer review. These standards will apply to the study and regulation of marine sound. When completed, these standards should apply to other marine endeavors. We are focusing on marine sound at the outset because CRE has established expertise in th [more]
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Arctic Ocean and Coastal Community Sustainable Collaborations
At The Arctic Institute, our team puts well-researched evidence into action. Both a think-and-do-tank, we believe that policy recommendations and capacity building programs must be rooted in strategic, field-based research. That's why were committed to providing practical projects backed by rigorous research. As water warms and ice melts, the Arcti [more]
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Together for marine wildlife
Our main objective is the rehabilitation of marine wildlife on the coast of Ecuador (mostly sea turtles, sea birds and sea lions). Also, by determining the causes of beachings/strandings of the animals, we identify focal groups such as fishermen and school kids in who we aim to create awareness, and this way reduce the strandings and human induce [more]
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