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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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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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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