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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Stop for a moment to consider something that most people don’t know; much of Earth’s oxygen has been generated by microscopic plants in the world’s ocean.

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On June 22nd 2016, The Ocean Cleanup unveiled its Prototype in Scheveningen harbor, the Netherlands. 

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Plastic is a huge problem in the oceans, but engineers and research groups are working on how to deal with it. Hank describes some of the leading proposed solutions. 

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Community Action to Protect International Waters, results of the GEF Small Grants Programme.

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5 ways in which the ocean affects our health and wellbeing: climate regulation, food, pollution, medicine and the blue gym effect.
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The report aims to contribute to the governance challenge of how to integrate...
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The task of saving the global ocean is one that no government or company or...
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Implementing coral reef conservation and management through a community-based...
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Everyone’s health depends on a clean and productive ocean.

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This report reviews the effects of ocean warming on species, ecosystems and on...
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Published by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre as a...
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This fourth World Ocean Review shows how the concept of sustainability came...
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