Ocean Action Hub

Marine and coastal ecosystems provide many services to human society, including food and other goods, shoreline protection, water quality maintenance, waste treatment, support of tourism and other cultural benefits, and maintenance of the basic global life support systems.

The provision of these services is threatened by the worldwide degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems. Fisheries are in global decline. Coastal habitats have been modified and lost, and in many cases the rate of degradation is increasing. Habitat loss and modification result in a loss of ecosystem services and also threaten biodiversity (UNEP, 2006, p. 7).

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16 Jul 2019 - Marine invasive species can be hard to eradicate and represent a major threat to the Pacific's marine biodiversity and SIDS' ecological integrity.

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12 Jul 2019 - 7 out of 9 National Focal Points of the SAPPHIRE project are women.

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10 July 2019 - Urchins may be crucial to the health of the kelp forest ecosystem.

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9 Jul 2019 - Tiny plastic particles may also be a vehicle for microbes that sicken or even kill corals, a new study finds.

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28 June 2019 - Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned our waters are facing the biggest threat in their history, with industrial overfishing putting the entire ecosystem at risk.

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20 June 2019 - Take a deep dive into why and how toxic sunscreen chemicals are damaging the marine life, destinations that already banned toxic sunscreens, and what you can do to help protect both yourself and the corals of our oceans.

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12 Jun 2019 - While ocean plastic pollution is an enormous issue, experts believes that if governments, NGOs, consumers, and businesses team up, it can be solved in ten years.

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11 Jun 2019 - This scientist couple created an airborne observatory to map tropical forests. Now they’re using it to identify threatened reefs.

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11 Jun 2019 - This World Oceans Day, UNESCO highlights the contribution of women scientists to a healthy ocean.

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The sixth Our Ocean Conference will take place from 23 to 24 October 2019 in Oslo, Norway. 

Event Date:
23/10/2019 - 09:00 to 24/10/2019 - 18:00
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10 June 2018 - By transplanting unrelated coral colonies onto permanent sites, marine biologists can ensure healthier cross-breeding and coral that are more resilient to disease and bleaching.

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10 Jun 2019 - Women are engaged in all aspects of interaction with our ocean, yet their voices are often missing at the decision-making level, the head of the United Nations cultural agenc

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