IntroductionSustainable 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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