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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.

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SCUBA Engagement Applying Submersible Technology to Advance Reef Science
With accurate, low-cost automated sensor technology attached to their dive gear, citizen scientist recreational scuba divers can reduce environmental data gaps, such as in the temperature, salinity, and light regimes that coral reefs experience. Data they collect and share will enhance the resolution and accuracy of satellite remote sensing dataset [more]
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Whale Conservation: Using consumer activation for global tracking and engagement
Create a global platform and app that will track whales throughout their global journey around the world using consumer activation. So little is known about these magnificent creatures and where they travel in the ocean. The Ocean Azores Foundation will build a website and app that empowers consumers to help build a global map of their journeys, in [more]
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Open & transparent delivery of knowledge for fisheries management in support of SDG 14.4
ICES mission is to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate state-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals. ICES advice is independent and based on the best available knowledge. To remain relevant and credible, it shoul [more]
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Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) for Tuna fishing operations
PNG Fishing Industry Association (PNG FIA) is promoting and supporting initiatives that guide certain activities associated with its member's fishing operation: to minimize incidental mortality of non-target species and impacts on marine ecosystems, manage and control abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear in the marine environment, m [more]
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Green-Gray Community of Practice
The Global Green-Gray Community of Practice, created in June 2020 and led by Conservation International, is an international collaboration across the conservation, engineering, finance, and construction sectors to generate learning and innovation to achieve climate adaptation benefits for communities, their future generations, and biodiversity. The [more]
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Water Ecologies for our Shared Future
ARTSail originated in 2016 thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge grant. A nomadic, multi-faceted platform, ARTSail facilitates interdisciplinary practice to cultural producers in the creation of innovative content addressing the climate crisis specific to South Florida. We connect artists with climate activists, scientists and marine experts to inves [more]
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Zoe : Artificial Reef Assessment + Coral Planting
Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture is a 15ft x 9ft x 6ft coral restoration project in Cozumel, Mexico using electrolysis through seawater to precipitate Calcium Carbonate onto a steel, DNA-inspired structure 12ft deep & 60m from shore. This project unites art, science, technology, and tourism to help regenerate corals and marine biodiversity in a highly [more]
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Empowering One Million Ecopreneurs
Suraksha is an organization with a mission of educating individuals and MSMEs to prevent pollution. Our training programs cover ocean acidification, reduction of GHG emissions, and achieving sustainability along with support to the innovation and technology commercialization around the globe. Our training programs, support for innovation, and techn [more]
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Whales: Spotting and Tagging Using Aerial Surveillance Technology (Drones), Entanglements and Krill Shortages
History: *Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale fatalities. *Whales in surface activities are found to have less reaction time due to feeding, sleeping or inability to move as fast as oncoming ships. *Ships also have manoeuvrability issues to avoid whales due to operation on liquid surfaces. Whale Benefits: Whales provide many benef [more]
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Supporting efforts to gather ocean stakeholders and communicate the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
With different activities we support the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders in Germany and Europe with the following projects and activities: - Love Your Ocean Dusseldorf boat show - Activities with different partners [more]
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Urban Ocean
Urban Ocean: Building Clean, Healthy Cities for Clean, Healthy Seas. Scientists estimate that approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic flows into the ocean annually--the equivalent of about one garbage truck full of plastic dumping into the ocean every minute. Most of it comes from land, and from parts of the world where economic growth has o [more]
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Workshop on ecosystem-based management in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science
Ecosystem-based management may be a central practice that needs to be implemented for the UN Decade of Ocean Science to be effective. With a view to strengthen ecosystem-based management in the Baltic Sea region, HELCOM commits to organise a joint workshop bringing together policy, management and science. Key topics of such a workshop could deal wi [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
  • Mr. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of Global Environment Facility (GEF)
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