Issue 1 | 5 May 2017

Global Industry Programs to Address Transboundary, Multi-Sectoral Ocean Pollution, including Plastics/Shipborne Wastes, Biofouling/Invasive Species, Marine Sound

Lead Entity: World Ocean Council.

The World Ocean Council commits to establishing by 2019 a series of international, multi-industry ocean issue platforms to address three key forms of transboundary ocean pollution and facilitating the operation of these platforms over at least a 5-year period.

The ocean issue platforms will create the ongoing structure and process to:

  1. Bring together key stakeholders (e.g. industry, science, government, intergovernmental organizations, environment NGOs).
  2. Catalyze collaboration among ocean industries and with other stakeholders on each of these types of pollution.
  3. Coordinate development of a shared priorities and agenda for action.
  4. Work to advance practical, cost-effective solutions, practices, policies and regulation to reduce the pollution at it source based on good science and risk assessment.

Smart Ocean-Smart Industries: Engaging Industry in Improving Ocean, Weather and Climate Knowledge in Support of Sustainable Development and Disaster Reduction

Lead Entity: World Ocean Council.

The Smart Ocean-Smart Industries (SO-SI), also by the World Ocean Council, Program is a major initiative to catalyze industry leadership in contributing to the long term science and understanding of the ocean. The SO-SI Program will facilitate ocean industry efforts to collect and share data that: a) contributes to describing the status, trends and variability of ocean, weather and climate (including ocean acidification); and b) improves the understanding, modeling, forecasting, monitoring and management of ocean ecosystems, resources, weather and climate, and improving disaster risk reduction efforts.


CITES working for sustainable fisheries delivering on needs-driven capacity building.

Lead Entity: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The second phase of a project by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will contribute to the recovery of the stocks of CITES listed species to sustainable levels (SDG 14.4)


Implementing Ecosystem Based Adaptation approaches to both mangrove and the Atlantic Ocean coast line in Cross River State, Nigeria with a focus on institutional and capacity strengthening, combating coastal degradation and sustainable livelihoods

Lead Entity: Forestry Commission, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

The Government of Nigeria, through the Forestry Commission, Calabar, Cross River State, has committed to implementing a Ecosystem Based Adaptation approaches to both mangrove and the Atlantic Ocean coast line in Cross River State.

Objectives:

  1. To strengthen institutional capacity on marine management and advance scientific understanding of ocean acidification.
  2. To reduce causes of acidification
  3. To reduce mangrove degradation and Nipa palm invasion .
  4. To protect coastal communities from changing ocean
  5. To expand public awareness and understanding of marine degradation and acidification.
  6. To build sustained support for addressing marine degradation.

Supporting small-scale artisanal fishers through training to MSME

Lead Entity: China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC)

The China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), in partnership with UN-DESA, commits to address issues such as lack of access to financial resources, credit, business operation capacities, market analysis skills and management skills. The beneficiaries could include small-scale artisanal fishery operators, the public sector agencies, local communities, local cooperatives, as well as the business association in support of MSMEs. It is expected that the eventual beneficiaries of the project will also include the MSME entrepreneurs including women and youth.


Joint Roadmap to accelerate Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning worldwide

Lead Entity: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

The take-up of MSP is increasing worldwide and a significant body of experience and best practice has been developed over the last decade. However, there are still different levels of implementation of MSP processes in the world, including areas where MSP is in its infancy and where joint learning, improved cooperation or capacity building is needed, or areas where arrangements for MSP may exist but a strategic approach to facilitate coordination would be beneficial.

However, more work is needed. That is the reason why the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) adopted on 24 March 2017 a "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide". It will contribute to sketching out a vision and a role for MSP in implementing Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and in particular the dedicated goal SDG 14, in a comprehensive, consistent and holistic way, both within the EU and beyond at the international level.


Northern Mozambique Channel Initiative

Lead Entity: CORDIO East Africa

The Northern Mozambique Channel partnership initiative, through the NGO CORDIO East Africa, is an emerging partnership of countries, civil society and the private sector, whose goal is to deliver a sustainable blue economy that preserves and builds its wealth across the natural, social, and economic capitals. Its long term vision, that the people, countries and economies of the Northern Mozambique Channel prosper in a sustainable future founded on the natural and cultural assets and diversity of the region is concordant with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, aiming for long term benefits in 2030 and into the future.


Achieving the promise of 10% ocean protection by 2020

Lead Entity: Ocean Sanctuary Alliance (OSA)

The Ocean Sanctuary Alliance (OSA) - a partnership among member-states, scientists, and other leaders from across disciplines - is committed to assisting member states, directly and through the 10x20 initiative, to create new MPAs and to make existing MPAs more effective. The 10x20 initiative has convened many events since its inception, which have been attended by more than 70 member states. One of most significant events convened by OSA under the auspices of 10x20 was the conference in Rome in March 2016 in partnership with Italy and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


Online Exhibition and Public Engagment Efforts

Lead Entity: The Ocean Project

The Ocean Project, a Non-governmental organization, in partnership with UNEP and in support of Clean Seas Campaign, is developing an online exhibition that will feature resources - videos, photos, infographics, reports, etc - that can help aquariums, zoos and museums engage their audiences on the issue of plastic pollution in our ocean.


Artists Project Earth (APE UK)

Lead Entity: APE UK

The NGO Artists Project Earth (APE) raises funds from releasing music albums to support environmental projects. The NGO commits to release an album titled Plastic Oceans by end 2017, featuring artists such as Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Coldplay, and others, with the purpose of raising awareness and funds for projects aiming to counter plastics pollution of the oceans.


Development and strengthening of the regional research and monitoring network, as part of global efforts, on the ecological impacts of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems in the Western Pacific and its adjacent regions in support of the implement

Lead Entity: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, via its Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) is committed to establishing a regional research and monitoring network on ocean acidification in the Western Pacific and its adjacent regions, as part of global efforts and with technical assistance of US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to monitor the ecological impacts of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems, mainly through a series of regional trainings & workshops, selection of pilot areas, and transfer of knowledge and technology among experts, institutions within and outside the region.


Develop research capacity and transfer of marine technology through the UNESCO/IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) on Marine Science in the Western Pacific and adjacent regions in support of the SDG 14.a

Lead Entity: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, via its Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific

This voluntary commitment aims to develop and strengthen research capacity of UN Member States in the region through the UNESCO/IOC regional network of training and research centers on marine science.


Global Partnership on Nutrient Management

Lead Entity: UN Environment - Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA)

The Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) is a global mechanism to bring together and harmonize otherwise fragmented efforts to address the nutrient challenge amongst a great many number of stakeholders. These diverse stakeholders include government, research and academia, agricultural and fertilizer producer organizations in the private sector, regional and international intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and the UN agencies. The GPNM provides a space/platform including through its electronic platform where countries and other stakeholders can meet and initiate dialogues to forge more co-operative work across the variety of international and regional fora and agencies dealing with nutrients


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Registered this week
  • World Ocean Council.
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
  • Government of Nigeria
  • China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC)
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
  • CORDIO East Africa
  • Ocean Sanctuary Alliance (OSA)
  • The Ocean Project
  • APE UK
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, via its Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
  • UN Environment