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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21 Mar 2017 - Increased public awareness may herald a success for Kenya's latest ban on plastic bags that has seen abortive attempts in the past

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Sylvia Earle - Fifty years into the future, it will be too late to do what is possible right now. Women and men must all work together to explore and care for the ocean

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Papua New Guinea

Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea’s island of New Britain holds an almost mythical status amongst divers.

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20 Mar 2017 - Fish can quickly evolve to get more benefit from the protection offered by marine protected areas, according to research from the University of B.C.

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5 June 2017 Authors: Mara Ntona and Elisa Morgera, Strathclyde Centre for...
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15 -17 Mar 2017 - Parties to the Cartagena Convention are meeting in French Guyana to discuss reducing marine pollution, ocean acidification

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9 Mar 2017 - New Zealand's involvement in the world's largest ocean science project has given the country access to information which little more than a decade ago was out of reach.

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8 Mar 2017 - International Women’s Day 2017: Be Bold for Change! Protecting our Ocean and Biodiversity

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7 Mar 2017 - Shared commitment to breeding endangered horseshoe crabs in captivity garnered praise from Education Minister during Parliamentary speech.

 

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Dec 2016 - Dr Daniela Diz, MARINE BENEFITS project Research Fellow, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG), UK, shares insights into the negotiations and describes the highlights of the conference regarding marine biodiversity.

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6 Mar 2017 - More than €7m of EU funds is to be invested in projects to help protect the marine life and fisheries industry in Wales and Ireland.

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2 Mar 2017 - Scientists now understand how the carbon and methane emissions from our cars, livestock and electricity use 

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