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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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  1. Register a Voluntary Commitment for SDG 14
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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
Sustained and integrated ocean observing and open data sharing, #OceanAction20820
Three of the four deliverables have been successfully completed: - 03/2018 Organization of European Ocean Observing Conference - Completed, see http://www.eoos-ocean.eu/eoos-forum-was-a-critical-step-to-move-forward-an-overview/. The European Ocean Observing community is further strengthening the outreach to the European Member and Associated S [more]
Progress update
Ecoship, #OceanAction12930
Since the Ocean Conference, Peace Boat has been building momentum and advocating for greener cruising, with Ecoship featured in several industry publications and at events including Sea Trade Miami, Sea Trade Japan and Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific in Shanghai, where Ecoship was one of the top-table presenters. Ecoship has been delighted with the st [more]
Progress update
International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development - The Ocean we want for the Future we need, #OceanAction15527
Building on the efforts of IOC Member States and the IOC Secretariat, the UN General Assembly proclaimed in December 2017 the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development from 2021 to 2030. The period 20182020 will focus on the preparation of the Implementation Plan for the Decade, which will encompass both a Science Plan as well as an E [more]
Progress update
We commit to education youth worldwide on SDG 14 and ocean conservation, #OceanAction14135
Progress update
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
In my previous investigative research, I made mention of "reversible reaction" pioneered by the French chemist, Claude Louis Berthollet, which converts high-intense energy into kinetic energy via vibrational-rotational excitation. The excitation happens when electrons are perturbed and energy transported to neighboring electrons at a high rate [more]
Progress update
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
If we heat a solid, we increase the internal thermal energy.

This is true for solid, e.g karst and basaltic formation, which comprise most part of or the whole earth, itself. Mentioned previously is the ability of such material to absorb high-intense energy contributing to increase global temperature. At high-energy, kinetic energy increas [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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