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Protecting the Oceans from Land Based Pollution.
by AquaFed - The International Federation of Private Water Operators (Private sector)
AquaFed is the International Federation of Private Water Operators. It brings together over 400 water and wastewater operators of all sizes in more than 40 countries in all five continents.

A very large part of the pollution of the worlds estuaries, coastal waters and deep oceans originates from human activities on land. The degree of this pollution is growing every day with inestimable damage on the environment, economy and societies. All effecting the oceans. This does not need to be the case. AquaFeds Members demonstrate on a daily basis how their work with the public authorities and communities they serve can improve and even cure such problems.

AquaFed commits over the next three years to encourage its Members to:
1. Engage actively in the communities they serve to improve the understanding of the ways to protect, manage, collect, and remove pollution from freshwater protects the oceans.
2. Promote technical and management approaches to solve water pollution issues with public authorities and assist them in putting such solutions in place in sustainable ways.
3. Continue to research and develop technologies that remove pollution, including micro-plastics and micro-fibres, from used water before it is discharged to freshwater or the ocean.
4. Engage in public awareness campaigns, either on their own or in partnership with others, that enable uses and other stakeholders to recognize the dangers of pollution and modify their behaviors to reduce it.
5. Where practical and appropriate, engage with the agriculture industry and farmers to promote ways that lead to reduced or eliminated water polluting practices.
6. Encourage their staff to take part in and where appropriate organize collective action with others to regularly engage in waste clean-up campaigns to remove solid waste from beaches and other waterside locations.
7. Report on these activities on a regular basis both within the communities concerned and to their international federation, AquaFed, which will seek to make this work know to international audiences.
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
  • Other (please specify): Stormwater management
  • Wastewater treatment:
  • Other (please specify): Public Awareness raising & engagement
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Industrial effluent pre-treatment
  • Other (please specify): Solid waster management & resource recycling
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 cooperation
June 2018
Collect case studies to show the work underway to be included in a report to be prepared to coincide with the HLPF 2018 and review of SDG 6
September 2017
Call to action to all AquaFed member companies through the Federation's Executive Committe and the Annual General Meeting of members
September 2017
Conduct an inventory of international events where AquaFed can present and advocate the benefits of protecting the oceans from land based pollution.
September 2019
Publish impact assessment of the initiative
Staff / Technical expertise
Core staff of AquaFed and supporting Members
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - September 2019
Please see list of AquaFed Members on the web site at http://www.aquafed.org/AboutUs/Members.sls At a local level partners are the cities and towns that AquaFed's members work for and a wide range on local stakeholders
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jack MOSS, Executive Director, jack.moss@aquafed.org, +33 1 53 89 08 10
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