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Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference is the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy. Over 4,000 participants from around the world are coming together to learn how to build a blue economy.

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Communities of Ocean Action
Coral reefs
Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Marine and coastal ecosystems management
Marine pollution
Ocean acidification
Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
Sustainable blue economy
Sustainable fisheries
Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Removal of marine debris from reef areas in Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India - to reduce the stress to the bleached corals and to support recovery process, #OceanAction27510
Presently survey to identify the ghost nets affected coral areas is in progress. In Gulf of Mannar, reefs are distributed around 21 islands. So far, 7 island areas in Southern part of Gulf of Mannar have been surveyed covering 5.21 Sq.Km reef area. Out of the 5.21 Sq.Km reef area surveyed, 565 sq.m reef area are affected by ghost nets which ar [more]
Progress update
Climate change caused bleaching and subsequent mortality in 2016 - post bleaching monitoring in Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India, #OceanAction27506
The post bleaching monitoring in Gulf of Mannar (GoM) was conducted in 2017. In general, there is a slight recovery i.e. live coral cover increased from 22.69% in 2016 to 23.78% in 2017. Algae were the dominant benthic category with an average cover of 36.11% during 2016 which decreased slightly to 34.33% during 2017. Abiotic was the other domi [more]
Progress update
Coastal Habitat Rehabilitation in Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India , #OceanAction27498
The rehabilitated coral sites in Koswari Island of Gulf of Mannar (2 acres) was continuously monitored to document survival, growth, recruitment density, associated fish assemblages, and macro faunal community from December 2016 to October 2018. The survival of the transplanted corals slightly decreased, with an average of 84.58% during the st [more]
Progress update
Restoring dying and degraded coral reefs, #OceanAction22450
Construction on Coral Vita's pilot coral farm in Grand Bahama is underway. It will be the world's first commercial land-based coral farm for reef restoration. Once operational, it will grow several thousand coral fragments per year to restore local reefs. Simultaneously, it will serve as an interactive education center for local communities, as wel [more]
New Commitment
Promote an economic, integrated, sustainable and inclusive development, addressing climate changes challenges in Coastal West Africa, #OceanAction27874
The West African coastline, spanning from Mauritania to Gabon, includes 17 countries that are at varying stages of economic development. Eight of the countries have a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) below US$1,000, ranking among the lowest in the world. Although the West African economies have been growing steadily, the countries continue [more]
New Commitment
Blueribbon Ocean Conversation Association , #OceanAction27880
BlueRibbon Ocean Conservation Association (BROCA), founded in Sanya, Hainan Province on June 1, 2007, is a non-profit NGO dedicated to ocean education and awareness raising, marine debris clean-up, coastal ecosystem conservation and the promotion of developing a non-governmental ocean conservation network in China. The Blue Ribbon Ocean Conservati [more]
New Commitment
Protecting Kep Archipelago, #OceanAction27759
Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an independent community based NGO with a respected national environmental policy and advocacy role. MCC is committed to: protecting and restoring healthy and sustainable marine ecosystems, strengthening their resilience supporting and empowering small-scale fishing communities whos people, for generation [more]
New Commitment
Monitoring natural World Heritage sites to conserve mangrove ecosystems, #OceanAction27747
The International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN) is the official advisory body on nature under the World Heritage Convention and as a result monitors the state of conservation of all natural sites on the World Heritage List. There are currently over 20 World Heritage sites that protect mangrove forests globally. IUCN has assessed the state of [more]
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