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Promoting enhanced access and use of global marine biodiversity information
by UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations entity)
Ocean biodiversity information underpins the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources. Yet reliable and freely accessible ocean biodiversity information can be difficult to find, access and use. The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre commits to initiating a step-change in global access to and use of marine biodiversity spatial data and information. This will be achieved by developing new and upgrading existing digital products that serve globally, regionally and nationally relevant ocean biodiversity information.
Progress reports
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
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
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
  • Other (please specify): Data provision on MPA location and status
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
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
  • Data access and sharing
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
  • 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
Online marine biodiversity information and data sharing platform
Staff / Technical expertise
Marine data , data visualization and biodiversity informatics specialists.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017.6.8 - 2019.6.7
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Proteus Partnership.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Chris McOwen, Lead Marine Scientist, marine@unep-wcmc.org,
Cambridge, UK
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