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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13 Apr 2017 Watamu, Kenya (CNN) The shores of Watamu on the Kenyan coast should be pristine. They're not.

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11 Apr 2017 - The British Plastics Federation (BPF) and PlasticsEurope are collaborating with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) on a new project for schools aiming to highlight the imp

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10 Apr 2017 - Australia's Great Barrier Reef, already reeling from a severe bleaching event last year, has suffered another devastating blow this year, aerial surveys released this weekend

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Video telling the story of the UNDP/GEF project, “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)” in Guatemala.

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6 Apr 2017 - Protecting the Fiordland Marine Area in New Zealand has advanced significantly with the approval of its Regional Pathway Management Plan.

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5 Apr 2017 - A young Indian lawyer is spearheading a project to clean up Mumbai's most polluted beaches.

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4 Mar 2017 - EU Ministers have welcomed with open arms the Communication on International Ocean Governance, which was adopted back in November 2016 by the European Commission and the High Representative.

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4 Apr 2017 - En Guatemala, los bosques de mangle conforman el principal ecosistema natural a lo largo de la Costa del Pacífico y cubren un total de 17,670.56 hectáreas del territorio nacio

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3 Apr 2017 - International NGO RARE is making its mark in promoting sustainable fishing through local fisheries management in the Philippines.

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31 Mar 2017 - Adrian Grenier, founder of Lonely Whale Foundation and actor, discusses his new Strawless Ocean initiative and why he's decided to make a positive impact on our oceans.

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30 Mar 2017 - A first of its kind project will provide African fishers with a benchmark for sustainable octopus fishing Government representatives, fisheries managers, private sector repre

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28 Mar 2017 - We all know ocean temperatures are increasing as a result of climate change. But what you may not know is that they are warming much faster than expected.

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