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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7 Sep 2018 - They organized a Children’s Clean Ocean Summit at the United Nations in Vienna (titled The Last Whale) so they could decide for themselves what must be done and share their perspectives with the world.

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6 Sep 2018 - The World Bank launched the first in a series of bonds designed to raise awareness about the importance of ocean and water resources.

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31 Aug 2018 - Do these six pain-free things, and you’ll help reduce the impact plastic is having on oceans and other waterways around the world.

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30 Aug 2018 - There often are tiny bits of plastic in the fish and shellfish we eat. Scientists are racing to figure out what that means for our health.

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29 Aug 2018 - The portable Trashpresso is turning trash into building supplies.

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28 Aug 2018 - Consensus has been reached on a strategic plan for managing pollution in the region.

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27 Aug 2018 - Cigarette butts have long been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over 32 years.

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24 Aug 2018 - Scientists have cataloged over 30 ways that the sea supports human well-being, including providing a source of nutrition, supplying raw materials and supporting recreational activities.

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21 August 2018 - Almost 20% of Bangladesh would find itself underwater and 30 million people would lose their homes if sea levels continue to rise. Mangrove plantings along vulnerable coastlines may reduce the impact of climate change.

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17 Aug 2018 - Healthy fisheries may be the key to feeding ten billion people-if they're managed correctly.

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16 Aug 2018 - To help promote the growth of a coral reef ecosystem in the Maldives, a team has designed and 3D printed an artificial reef made from hundreds of ceramic and concrete modules.

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15 Aug 2018 - Multiple, overlapping factors can mean big differences in flood risk.

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