Transformations in Action

Examples of ocean action from Ocean Panel countries.

Achieving a sustainable ocean economy in which effective protection, sustainable production and equitable prosperity go hand in hand, requires a profound departure from ‘business-as-usual’ practices and transformations in five critical areas – ocean wealth, ocean health, ocean equity, ocean knowledge and ocean finance.

Ocean Panel countries have already made great strides towards this ambitious shared agenda, turning ocean commitments into action. The progress so far reflects the different approaches and initiatives advanced by each country on this journey, adapted to their particular country contexts, priorities and needs.

These examples can provide a source of inspiration to governments and other ocean actors around the world and can help facilitate the sharing of knowledge and joint learning on the transition to a sustainable ocean economy.

Ocean Panel countries will continue to build on this progress and accelerate efforts towards 100% sustainable ocean management.

Ocean Panel countries around the world have been taking action to advance the ocean action agenda according to their local needs, capacities and priorities.

Browse the Ocean Panel’s stories and case studies to experience the breadth of progress being made globally.

Ocean Panel countries around the world have been taking action to advance the ocean action agenda according to their local needs, capacities and priorities.

Browse the Ocean Panel’s stories and case studies to experience the breadth of progress being made globally.

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© Tim Calver

Ocean Policy and Legislation

The Overarching Protected Areas Policy provides the framework for the regulation of over 300 legally declared protected areas in Jamaica, conserving the country’s important biological resources.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Jamaica
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© Juan Carlos Bonilla_Bonassi

Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear

Acting as a guiding document for combatting marine pollution, the National Strategy for the Comprehensive Management of Ghost Gear, aims to improve the cleaning of the seabed and promote education and awareness.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Mexico
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© 2021 Pronto Kwabena Sakyi

The State of the Marine Environment Report for the Western Region of Ghana

Showcasing Ghana’s rich species diversity while highlighting the need for conservation within specific areas, this report creates a clear framework for continued action.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Knowledge
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Ghana
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© DOCAPESCA Portos e Lotas S.A.

Fisheries for a Sea without Litter

Encouraging the collection and separation of marine litter during fishing activities in Portugal has resulted in the collection of nearly 7,000 m3 of waste.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Portugal
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Ⓒ Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Enforcement of the Plastic Resource Circulation Act

The Plastic Resource Circulation Act aims to tackle a wide range of issues throughout the life cycle of plastics providing clear guidelines for businesses, local governments and consumers.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Japan
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© Lucyana Burtin

Tackling Single-Use Plastic – The Power of Policy

Indonesia has put the fight against plastic pollution at the top of its national agenda. As a result, marine debris leakage has decreased by 15% with multiple cities having banned single-use plastic.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Indonesia

Designation and Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Acting as the home for the highest level of marine endemism known on Earth, the protection and management of Papahãnaumokuãkea Marine National Monument is essential for ocean conservation globally.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
Ocean Knowledge
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United States of America
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© Rob Barnes

Mikoko Pamoja: Managing Mangroves in Kenya through Carbon Finance

Mikoko Pamoja is the world’s first community-led mangrove forest restoration and protection project supported through the sale of carbon credits, providing benefits to both the local community and country-wide.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Equity
Ocean Health
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Kenya
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© Tim Calver

Reduce Ocean Pollution

Ships visiting Jamaica’s waters discharge their ballast water and risk introducing foreign aquatic species and
diseases. The Ballast Water Management Act aims to minimise this impact from over 2400 ships visiting each year.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Jamaica
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© Coral Reef Image Bank Indonesia_Beth Watson

Conservation of Marine Protected Areas

In 2018, Indonesia met its goal of committing to conserving 20 million hectares of marine area, with the aim to expand to 30 million hectares by 2030.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Indonesia
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© Stuart Chape 2019

National Ocean Policy

Fiji is tackling the threats posed by unsustainable human activities in the ocean and climate change through a whole of government approach.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Equity
Ocean Finance
Ocean Health
Ocean Knowledge
Ocean Wealth
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Fiji
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Our Food Is Our Responsibility (Keled A Ngercheled)

As Palau imports 85% of its food, the 2022 Keled A Ngercheled campaign promotes the local production and sourcing of food to help increase national food security, reduce reliance on imports and support local communities.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Wealth
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Palau
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© CURIOSO.PL Mariusz Prusaczyk

Ghost Nets Initiative

A unique partnership between Indigenous rangers and the Australian government is tackling the issue of ghost nets and plastic litter in the waters and beaches of northern Australia.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Equity
Ocean Health
Ocean Knowledge
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Australia
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© Studio Concept

Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

Namibia has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 50% by 2050, through ratifying Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Namibia
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© Coastal Action

Ghost Gear Program

Canada’s Ghost Gear Program has led to the removal of 1,300 tons of abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear and more than 153 km of rope.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Canada
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© Morad HEGUI

Recovering Overexploited and Depleted Fish Stocks

Through closing its industrial fishing season, Ghana warrants a full recovery of its overexploited and depleted fish stocks, ensuring year-round fishing.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
Ocean Wealth
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Ghana
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Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing through Innovative Technologies and Partnerships

Investments in the development of an intelligence sharing network have created an important toolset for tracking and analysing IUU fishing.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Wealth
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Canada

Protect and Restore Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Approximately 57 hectares of wetland have been secured for restoration in Winns Morass. Planting seedlings has improved the biodiversity and hydrology of the previously bare, desertified area.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Jamaica
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Green Corridors Network

A unique collaboration between Chile and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping aims to identify where ‘green corridors’ could be located and establish frameworks for the use of zero or low-emission fuels.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Wealth
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Chile
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The Development of Blue Sukuk and Blended Blue Finance

Sustainable ocean finance through Blue Sukuk bonds and a blended blue financing model enables the funding of projects that deliver environmental and social benefits focusing on the ocean.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Finance
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Indonesia
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© Jennifer Adler

Clean Beaches, Safe Water and Environment Program

PROPLAYAS helps protect the health of users, improves the environmental quality of national beaches and raises the competitiveness and sustainability level of attractive tourism destinations.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
Ocean Wealth
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Mexico
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© InsideCreativeHouse

Zero Plastic Reaching the Sea

Plastic enters the ocean through many different pathways and processes. That is why, France aims to reduce plastic pollution at its source.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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France
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The Blue BOAT Initiative

The Blue BOAT initiative is developing an early warning system for vessels that aims to protect whales in maritime traffic routes, while collecting
important ocean data.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
Ocean Knowledge
Ocean Wealth
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Chile

Ocean Accounts

Applying a human-centred design approach to the development of ocean accounts to make them useful for policy and management decision making.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Knowledge
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Australia
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© Rob Barnes

Plastic Interventions

To combat the ever-growing levels of plastic waste in the ocean, Kenya has introduced several bans, restrictions and other forms of intervention on plastic use since 2017.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Kenya
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A Circular Economy Model for Waste Management

Kenya’s federal waste management interventions aim to establish a circular economy model for solid waste management. This creates thousands of job opportunities and increases the number of participants and resources committed to waste management.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Health
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Kenya
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Developing an Ocean Knowledge Platform

Mexico’s one-of-a-kind ocean knowledge platform presents a new way of strengthening decision-making by increasing the availability of ocean knowledge and enabling links and exchanges across sectors.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Knowledge
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Mexico
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© Blue Justice Initiative

The International Declaration on Transnational Organized Crime in the Global Fishing Industry and the Blue Justice Initiative

This international declaration coupled with the Blue Justice Initiative aims to reduce organised crime in the fisheries sector by developing a common understanding and providing practical assistance.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Equity
Ocean Wealth
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Norway
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© Center for Ocean Literacy and Education (COLE), Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo and ©SUN-AD Co., Ltd

Establishment of the Center for Ocean Literacy and Education

Oceanographers and educational researchers have come together to develop the Center for Ocean Literacy and Education with the aim to increase ocean and marine education.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Knowledge
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Japan
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© Shutterstock

All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance

A multi-national alliance framework tackles pole-to-pole research efforts in the Atlantic, creating cooperative agreements between different countries while promoting a cross-national sustainable management of ocean resources.

Areas of Transformation

Ocean Knowledge
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United States of America
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