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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18 December 2016 - How does global warming affect the ocean? First of all, as the seas warm, tropical storms become more frequent and severe — remember Katrina, Sandy and Irene.

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Boyan Slat, CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, is solving one of the biggest eco disasters of our time.

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This publication is a result of Blue Solutions’ third Regional Forum for Oceans...
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Eight million tons. That’s a lot of plastic to swallow, and a lot of straws to bear even if you’re the world’s oceans (yes, who knew we use 300 million plastic straws a day?).

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Watch how local fishing communities are coming together to conserve whale sharks on India's east coast, and contributing to conserving the area's rich marine life.

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13 November 2016 - Robert Redford and Paul Allen are the executive producers of a new Animal Planet series on ocean conservati

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The Blue Planning training course aims to strengthen practical planning and...
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Going green is easier than you think. There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment.

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8 September 2016 - Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017      

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The global ocean community has generated a wealth of innovative, practical, “on-the-ground” solutions which successfully help to overcome challenges to healthy ecosystems, sustainable

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25 Aug 2016 - Designed to promote a multi-sectoral approach to managing the Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

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