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Ocean: keys to act - encourage action at local level via education and empowerment
by Green Cross France & Territoires (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Willingness to protect the ocean to protect ourselves is there, but most of the time it is difficult to cascade into sound tangible actions.

The objective of our "Ocean: keys to act" publication, to be launched on June 8th, 2017, in english and french, is to build a common momentum on the ocean situation and priorities, to share it widely, and to propose candidate solutions so that everybody can act effectively. It focuses on individuals, local communities and governments, as well as companies and/or traditional societies.

The making-of this book is conducted by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Nicolas Imbert.

The launch of the book will be performed simultaneously in New Caledonia (Green Pacifik Festival), Europe (World Ocean Day) and US.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
  • information relating to harmful subsidies
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Presentation of the book & network to CoP23
Pre-CoP in Fiji
Financing (in USD)
100,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Patrons and partners support (printing, distribution, launching events...)
Basic information
Time-frame: December/2016 - December/2017
30+ networks and partners, including Oceania Meetings, institute for Circular Economy, International Cahmaber of Commerce, R20+, Vacances Propres, IPAG...
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Worldwide initiative with specific focuses on Pacific Ocean and Europe
Contact information
Nicolas Imbert, Mr., imbert@gcft.fr, +33611463787
Other SDGs
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