Ocean Action Hub

[ SDG Target 14.2 ] 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.

Definition

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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14 Aug 2020 - Temperature and CO2 changes reduce the numbers of some species and promote the growth of algae, University of Adelaide study finds

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13 Aug 2020 - In Cuba, ecosystem-based adaptation is a cost-effective way to preserve and restore natural habitats and protect coastal communities.

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10 Aug 2020 - Coral reefs face an uncertain future and may not recover naturally from human-caused climate change.

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6 Aug 2020 - A new set of guidelines on mangrove restoration for the region...
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28 Jul 2020 - The Global Mangrove Alliance and partners have launched the new Global Mangrove Watch, the world’s most comprehensive mangrove monitoring tool.

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Exploring the science behind remote sensing.

Event Date:
27/07/2020 - 16:00 to 17:00
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24 Jul 2020 -World Mangrove Day - For many coastal communities, including those in the Western Indian Ocean region, mangroves are critical to economic and food security.

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22 Jul 2020 - The coastal and marine environment supports tourism and fishing, critical to the Maldives economy. Without ecosystem conservation and funding, it could be lost.

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15 Jul 2020 - TIME - "As we restart the economy, this is the chance to reset our goals for a healthy ocean [...] We have a very narrow window of opportunity where we can actually still be effective. Twenty years from now, it will be too late,” says Carlos M. Duarte, a Spanish marine biologist at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

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13 July 2020 - UN News - Coral reefs are being killed by the climate crisis, which is leading to rising sea temperatures.

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8 Jun 2020 - A ground-breaking Global Industry Alliance (GIA) has been launched to tackle two of the most pressing environmental issues of our time – invasive species and greenhouse gas (G

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30 Apr 2020 - Homeschooling? The UN World Oceans Day 2020 official website has complied useful resources to learn more about the ocean.

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