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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
Environmental monitoring with one of the world's most modern research vessels, #OceanAction19499
No new commitments have been made since June 2017. The construction is under way of the ship, which is now named "R/V Svea" and home harbour will be Lysekil, Sweden. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in spring 2019.
Progress update
Industry and research driven development and introduction of selective and low impact fishing gears , #OceanAction19509
By 2018, funds for the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the SLU were renewed for the continued development of selective fishing gear. In the period 2014-2017, SEK 38 million was allocated for the development of the fishing gear, now SEK 8 million is available for continued work in 2018.
Progress update
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
This commitment was cancelled for lack of support. The withdrawal of commitment is also aimed to protect the proponent, researchers, scientists and the institutions represented from legal pressures.\r\n\r\nPlease note that the documents, ideas and updates submitted are copyrighted materials.

Voluntary commitment #24052 is simply a part of [more]
Progress update
Oceanic Blue Carbon, #OceanAction21396
Fish carbon concept presented at The Promises and Perils of Blue Carbon Workshop, held at Lund University in Sweden, 3-4 May 2018. Oceanic blue carbon discussions held at the Bonn climate COP of the UNFCCC, held in early May 2018, including exploring how the concept can help support ocean action in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. F [more]
Progress update
Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
Heat Removal from the Coral Surface (An Informative investigative Note on Protection of Coral Reef) Load Pressure on Exposed Coral Tissue In shallow conditions, the mere heating power of solar radiation can contribute an additional load to the exposed coral tissue (Fabricius, 2006, Jimenez, et. al. 2008) For example, under high-irradiance [more]
Progress update
International Ocean Institute (IOI)- Ocean Governance training & capacity development, #OceanAction18076
The IOI Regional Training Programmes offer a targeted regional approach to global ocean governance with each regional programme addressing the respective regional seas perspectives, issues and mechanisms. They emphasize the benefits of harmonizing ocean policies and promoting a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management. The courses [more]
New Commitment
Goal 14 implemetation for the protection of Mediterranean sea's whales and dolphins, #OceanAction28447
Through its activities, Battibaleno association promotes the knowledge of marine mammals to encourage their protection and contributes to the effective creation of protected areas in the Mediterranean sea, as well as providing the scientific community with research data. MONITORING AND CETACEANS' RESEARCH'S SEA EXPEDITIONS: Battibaleno conducts [more]
New Commitment
Clean Coastline (Ren Kustlinje), #OceanAction28429
Ren Kustlinje Clean Coastline is an innovative EU project (founded through the Interreg resund-Kattegatt-Skagerrak program, Innovation Area) and is ongoing in the period 1/1 2016 - 31/12 2018. The main objective of the project is on marine waste as a common challenge for the countries around the KASK region. 34 partners from Sweden, Norway and [more]
New Commitment
Taking actions towards our ocean through environmental education in Guatemala, #OceanAction28407
To implement education, scientific and community development programs that promote the conservation and correct use of the ocean and its marine life. In this sense, as an organization, we are willing to increase scientific knowledge in the population of Guatemala, this, by doing scientific research and connecting people with the oceans through [more]
New Commitment
Bottlenose dolphins in the Sicilian Channel. Increasing knowledge through research activities and People awareness on the marine environment conservation , #OceanAction28338
Goal: Associazione Me.Ri.S. aims to increase dolphins protection in the Sicilian Channel through two coordinated activities. The first, is to increase scientific knowledge about bottlenose dolphins inhabiting waters off Agrigento Province. The second, aims to raise awareness of people about the importance to protect cetaceans and their environment [more]
New Commitment
Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal, #OceanAction28293
With active support of different professional associations organising people along all aspects of the value chain in the sector, academic partners and encouraged by other civil society organisations, upon proposal of Mundus maris asbl, the organising committee invited a wide array of sector stakeholders to the inaugural session of the small-scale f [more]
New Commitment
Coastal Restoration Society, #OceanAction28200
Coastal Restoration Society (CRS) is strategically positioned as a global leader in marine habitat restoration. Our quick response team is capable of handling pollution spill emergencies in the most demanding marine environments. CRS offers deployment response times of less than 24 hours for assets and personnel within Canada, and 48 - 72 ho [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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