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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04 Mar 2020 - An estimated 4m small cetaceans caught as by-catch in commercial tuna fishing nets since 1950, researchers say.

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20 Feb 2020 - Humanity is pushing the world’s oceans to the brink. But as grave as the situation is, experts say there is reason for hope.

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10 Feb 2020 - In this era of upheaval in the ocean, driven by climate change and other stressors, technological innovations offer a flood of new data and new capabilities for translating i

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7 Jan 2019 - Ocean warming leads to more sargassum blooms. Caribbean countries dependent on tourism and fisheries are losing visitors marine life to this invasive weed.

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6 Jan 2019 - Community involvement has been key to the success of a four-year program revitalising ecosystems central to defending against climate change and sustaining livelihoods. 

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2 Jan 2020 - Loss of wetlands has forced locally endangered fishing cats in Sri Lanka to move into the city, looking for food and survival.

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1 Jan 2020 - National marine reserve was announced in 2015, with 80% of its waters being closed to commercial fishing from 2020.

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27 Dec 2019 - BBC News - Scientists in the Seychelles have started the world's first large-scale coral reef restoration project to help stop the impact of rising sea temperatures.

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19 Dec 2019 - UNDP and partners launch regional coral restoration project in Mauritius and Seychelles, in partnership with the governments of Mauritius and Seychelles to restore coral reef

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19 Nov 2019 - Indian Ocean dipole events, linked to bushfires and floods, are becoming stronger and more frequent, scientists say.

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18 Nov 2019 -There’s more to clouds than you might think.

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13 Nov 2019 - International team of marine scientists complete six-year whale shark study.

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