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Gullah/Geechee Nation SDG Implementation
by Gullah/Geechee Nation (Partnership)
The Gullah/Geechee Nation agrees to continue to engage the citizens and stakeholders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation which consist of the Sea Islands from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the United States in the implementation plans set forth by the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank. The implementation plan is directly aligned with the SDGs of the United Nations. All collaborating and partnering entities listed herein are all located in the southeastern North America coast region and are already directly engaged in minimizing negative impacts on the coastal environment, ocean, estuaries, rivers, creeks, sounds, and inlets of the Gullah/Geechee living environment.

The Gullah/Geechee Nation agrees to provide educational opportunities to build capacity in community engagement on the Sea Islands. We will work with other global partners to insure that we are using the most effective methods of implementation of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Plan.
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
  • Manure management
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
  • 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
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
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
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
  • Economic benefits from sustainable transport
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
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
  • Other (please specify): Inclusion of cultural heritage resources protection in the legal framework.
December 2017
Gullah/Geechee SDGs Plan
December 2017
Gullah/Geechee Fisheries Documentary
December 2017
Gullah/Geechee Nation Sustainability Plan Update
In-kind contribution
Community participants engaging in environmental protection and restoration efforts
Staff / Technical expertise
Contributions for scientist and public health specialist via Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank
In-kind contribution
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition provides materials to the Gullah/Geechee citizens regarding SDGs
Basic information
Time-frame: December 2016 - December 2020
Gullah/Geechee Nation (Major Groups & Stakeholders) International Human Rights Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM) (NGO with Consultative Status with UN) Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (Civil Society Organization) Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank (Scientific Community) Gullah/Geechee Angel Network (Philanthropic Organization) Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association ( Major Groups & Other Stakeholders) Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida (Major Groups & Other Stakeholders)
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
United States of America
Other beneficaries
Gullah/Geechee Nation
Contact information
Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, Chieftess, GullGeeCo@aol.com, (843) 838-1171
St. Helena Island, SC, USA
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