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

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This first Ocean Literacy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aims to empower and...
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28 Feb 2017 - Pledge to protect the ocean: Even by making a small change in your everyday life, you can achieve big results in helping to protect the ocean.

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28 Feb 2017 - Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research is looking into the impact of ocean acidification in the region.

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27 Feb 2017 - It's estimated that US$30 billion a year is spent on fisheries subsidies globally, 60% of which directly encourages unsustainable, destructive and even illegal practices.

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25 Feb 2017 - Extensive interview with the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau on the Preparatory Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in mid February 2017 for the United Nations Ocean Conference

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23 Feb 2017 - Ocean resorts in Asia are working to restore coral reefs damaged by climate change, land-based pollution and the impact of fishing.

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The Ocean Data Viewer is a tool and repository for global marine data, managed...
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22 Feb 2017 - A new study finds that the six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also among those getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing.

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22 Feb 2017 - The most important lesson I’ve learned is that ocean conservation is not about fish. It’s about people.

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22 Feb 2017 - OCEAN UNITE - The Ocean is probably the biggest employer in the world, it provides half the oxygen we breathe, it has absorbed a quarter of our CO2 emissions and puts food on

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21 Feb 2017 - Meet the dedicated people standing up for the ocean's future – campaigning, raising awareness and encouraging others to save our marine environments.

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