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.

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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30 Sept 2019 - If we carry on emitting carbon and interfering with marine ecosystems, we run the risk of losing one of its critical carbon-storing and food-providing players. 

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25 Sept 2019 - Growing coastal flooding is inevitable, and damage to corals and other marine life has already been unleashed. But scientists say the world still has time to avert even more severe consequences.

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24 Sept 2019 - Coalition of six nations aims to raise funds and achieve full decarbonisation by 2050.

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23 Sept 2019 - There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that the ocean can be a potent force in stabilizing the climate and building a secure future for everyone.

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20 Sept 2019 - Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world.
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18 Sept 2019 - There are some glimmers of light and hope spots that we can point to, especially in the areas of AI for the benefit of the ocean.

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17 Sept 2019 - The fate of the world's coral reefs could depend on how well the sea creatures equip their offspring to cope with global warming.

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16 Sept 2019 - Sharks are vitally important to the health of their habitats.

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12 Sept 2019 - TIME - Peter Thomson, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean - The ocean’s health is in trouble. 

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10 Sept 2019 - Investing $1.8 trillion over the next decade - in measures to adapt to climate change - could produce net benefits worth more than $7 trillion.

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3 Sept 2019 - Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing form of food production and is the source of half the world’s seafood.

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2 Sept 2019 - The Great Barrier Reef's outlook has been officially downgraded from poor to very poor due to climate change.

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