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).

Latest

23 Nov 2020 - Film shares stories of science, innovation and sustainability that are transforming the marine sector.

 

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10 Nov 2020 - Exhibit shows local experts spearheading scientific innovation through environmental DNA, special camera techniques and using satellite data with species tagging.

 

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28 Oct 2020 - This paper highlights trends in coastal behaviour and comments on...
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14 Oct 2020 - The Guardian - Warming ocean contributes to sea level rise and to more extreme weather such as hurricanes.

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12 Oct 2020 - Invasive aquatic species have a tremendous negative effect on the world’s marine ecosystems.

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8 Oct 2020 - Today the £50 million 

Earthshot Prize
launches to incentivise change and help repair our planet.

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7 Oct 2020 - Kelping Hands is a brand-new, pharmaceutical-grade, hand sanitizer made from a species of seaweed found on the west coast of British Columbia.

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5 Oct 2020 - WEF - A new study has identified 116 deepsea coral reefs which scientists say are every bit as much in need of protection as the coastal reefs visited by snorkelers every year

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1 Oct 2020 - High-level dialogue included contributions from the Prince of Wales, Seychelles President Danny Faure and Sweden's Isabella Lövin, emphasised the role of the ocean in conservi

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30 Sept 2020 - Singer joins the global chorus of world leaders, activists and public calling for action

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15 Sept 2020 - The world has failed to meet a single target to stem the destruction of wildlife and life-sustaining ecosystems in the last decade, according to a devastating new report fro

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14 Sept 2020 - Learn more about the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR, or the Fund).

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