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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
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
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]
Progress update
International Ocean Institute (IOI)- Ocean Governance training & capacity development, #OceanAction18076
Happy to report that over 2017 and till now in 2018, the IOI alumni have increased in numbers. There are now more persons knowledgeable on SDG14 and on ocean governance who can help achieve the targets. We welcome the >300 alumni from Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cuba [more]
New Commitment
Promote an economic, integrated, sustainable and inclusive development, addressing climate changes challenges in Coastal West Africa, #OceanAction27874
The West African coastline, spanning from Mauritania to Gabon, includes 17 countries that are at varying stages of economic development. Eight of the countries have a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) below US$1,000, ranking among the lowest in the world. Although the West African economies have been growing steadily, the countries continue [more]
New Commitment
Protecting Kep Archipelago, #OceanAction27759
Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an independent community based NGO with a respected national environmental policy and advocacy role. MCC is committed to: protecting and restoring healthy and sustainable marine ecosystems, strengthening their resilience supporting and empowering small-scale fishing communities whos people, for generation [more]
New Commitment
respectOcean- Promotion of Best Practices , #OceanAction27723
RespectOcean is based on the creation of a network of maritime companies and organizations (associations, professional organizations, etc.), united around the same commitment and responsibility towards the sea and all its stakeholders . The association RespectOcean includes companies and actors committed to sustainable economic development to prote [more]
New Commitment
Regional Incident Prevention and Emergency Response Capacity Through Planned Indigenous Marine Response Centre, #OceanAction27714
Heiltsuk Horizon Maritime Services Limited is a partnership that brings together the millennia-old stewardship and seafaring heritage of the Heiltsuk Nation with the offshore and marine industry expertise of Horizon Maritime. Through our shared values and commitment to protecting the marine environment, we are demonstrating how industry and Firs [more]
New Commitment
Strengthening the resilience of Coastal Communities for Climate Change, #OceanAction27677
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) stands for Harnessing science and technology for sustainable development through a pro-poor, pro nature, pro women and pro-sustainability approach. The foundation also believes in combining modern science with action research to influence policy issues. MSSRF works in the areas of Coastal Systems Researc [more]
New Commitment
Create awareness and sustainability action on climate change adaptation and marine litter management along the east coast of India, #OceanAction27668
The objective of our voluntary commitment is to create awareness and encourage sustainability actions among the coastal communities (primarily fishers and farmers) along the east coast of India, particularly focusing on climate change adaptation and marine litter management. This will be done through a climate and marine litter management liter [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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