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#OceanAction14995
Ocean futures: solutions from science
by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) will contribute to the implementation of SDG14 through delivery of its science plan. PML (www.pml.ac.uk) is an independent and impartial scientific research institute globally recognised for undertaking cutting-edge research in the marine environment to address societal challenges of relevance worldwide. Outputs and outcomes from its research are used to inform, for example, policy development, and management of the ocean. PML is also engaged in public understanding of science, capacity building and assistance in developing countries, and the application of science.

PMLs scientific priorities contribute knowledge and understanding towards the achievement of targets under SDG14 as follows:

- Living with global change: investigating uncertainties and long-term consequences of global environmental change on ecosystem structure, function and services (Targets 14.2, 14.3, 14.5, 14.A).

- Strengthening marine observations: using in situ and remote sensing platforms to continue long-term observations in coastal, shelf seas and the global ocean (Targets 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.5, 14.A).

- Facing the challenge of new pollutants: exploring the consequences of human impacts on a range of pollutants from CO2 to microplastics (Targets 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.5, 14.A).

All of our research projects, delivered with a multitude of partners and stakeholders, map onto our scientific priorities. Several UK funded initiatives in the Western Indian Ocean and South East Asia, which are newly started or imminent projects, illustrate our commitment to SDG14 and will demonstrate the impact of our research globally.

1. Build socio-ecological resilience to coral reef degradation in the islands of the Western Indian Ocean - We will focus on creating a network of expert stakeholders from the UK, Mauritius, Zanzibar and other islands in the WIO to scope opportunities for using Ecosystem Services related research to define and refine strategies and priorities for building socio-ecological resilience to long-term change in coral reefs.

2. Empower community-based management of mangrove fisheries and implement Earth and sea observation applications for Malaysia - For the sustainable use of regional fisheries this project will apply the nexus approach to improve management of mangrove fishery resources in Malaysia with the aim of strengthening the livelihoods of fishery dependent communities and effective fishery resource management.

3. Ocean research for developing economies, in particular addressing challenges of coastal community - Development of improved environmental information to inform risk assessment, adaptive spatial management and mitigation strategies to provide partner countries with an improved capability for integrated and sustainable management of marine activities.

4. Build capacity for integrated planning through sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the health, wellbeing, food and livelihoods of coastal communities - We will develop interdisciplinary research capability and lasting collaborations that: facilitate innovative application of integrated planning in the marine environment within the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and other marine parks and their communities in South East Asia, and respond to the SDGs of no poverty, zero hunger and good health and well-being for coastal communities through the sustainable use of marine resources.
Updates to voluntary commitment
14.1
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
PLASTICS
  • Other (please specify): Providing evidence based information on the state of the environment concerning plastics
SHIPPING
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
14.2
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
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
14.3
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
14.4
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
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
14.5
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
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
14.a
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
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
2017
Build socio-ecological resilience to coral reef degradation in the islands of the Western Indian Ocean
2018
Empower community-based management of mangrove fisheries and implement Earth and sea observation applications for Malaysia
2021
Ocean research for developing economies, in particular addressing challenges of coastal community
2021
Build capacity for integrated planning through sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the health, wellbeing, food and livelihoods of coastal communities
Financing (in USD)
2,686,900 USD
In-kind contribution
671725
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Updates
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Basic information
Time-frame: April/2017 - July/2021
Partners
We will work with a multitude of partners across the different projects and countries.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Other beneficiaries will include research scientists at all stages of their career, policy makers, NGOs, local governments and coastal communities in the widest sense.
Contact information
Thecla Keizer, International Marketing and Business Development Activity, tke@pml.ac.uk, 00441752633437
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Other SDGs
United Nations