United Nations
Supporting effective ocean governance
by UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations entity)
Achieving SDG14 will require the widespread uptake of effective ocean governance practices, particularly multi-sector area-based techniques such as marine spatial planning, marine protected areas and integrated coastal management. The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre is actively engaged in projects advancing our collective understanding of how effective area-based planning and management can be achieved, both within national waters and in areas beyond national jurisdiction. We therefore commit to sharing with the international community the results of our work on effective area-based planning and management practices through user friendly and accessible communication channels.
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
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Other (please specify): Marine Protected Area Management
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
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
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
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
Advice on effective marine spatial planning
Staff / Technical expertise
Ocean governance specialists
Basic information
Time-frame: 6/2017 - 12/2017
UN Environment
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Steve Fletcher, Head of Marine Programme, steve.fletcher@unep-wcmc.org,
Cambridge, UK
Other SDGs
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