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Strategies and Approaches for Accelerating and Scaling up SDG14 Implementation

Side Event, UN Secretariat, Conf. Rm 11, 6:15 - 7:30 PM

Hosted by UNDP, in collaboration with the Governments of Sweden and Tonga, Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Partnerships for Environmental Management in the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), Marine Research Institute of Colombia (INVEMAR) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

14 February, 2017

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SDG14 is one of the most ambitious of the 17 SDGs particularly in terms of the accelerated time frames for achieving several of the targets. Successful implementation of SDG14 requires replication and rapid scaling up of proven strategic approaches that can deliver on one or more SDG14 targets. Drawing from the UNDP/GEF International Waters and Biodiversity portfolios, this side event will present a series of short ‘case studies’ highlighting such proven approaches that have succeeded in reversing large scale dead zones, moved global tuna stocks towards sustainability, reduced the impacts of shipping on the marine environment, and introduced integrated, ecosystem-based approaches to sustainable ocean and coastal management at both local and multi-country scales. Speakers will highlight the strategic planning and other ocean policy and management tools and methodologies used, lessons learned and opportunities for replication and upscaling.

High Level Panel:

Opening Remarks

  • Peter Thomson, President, United Nations General Assembly
  • Isabella Lovin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden
  • Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme


  • Hon. Siaosi 'Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Tonga, “Tonga’s experience in applying Ridge to Reef approaches that Integrate Water, Land, Forest and Coastal Management to Preserve Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Improve Climate Resilience, and Sustain Livelihoods” 

The event will be moderated by Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme.

Technical Panel:

  • “Reversing large scale hypoxic areas caused by basin-wide nutrient pollution: The Danube/Black Sea story” by Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
  • “Integrated Coastal Management as a Tool to Accelerate SDG14 Implementation: PEMSEA experience in East Asia”  by Adrian Ross, Executive Director, PEMSEA
  • “Sustaining the World’s Tuna Stocks: The Pacific Islands Experience” by Tim Adams, Director of Fisheries Management, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
  • “Reducing Ocean Acidification and Marine Invasive Species Risk from the Shipping Sector: The Glo-X Approach” by Fredrik Haag, Technical Officer, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization
  • “Colombia’s experience in establishing and sustaining ecologically representative Marine Protected Areas”  by Captain Francisco Arias, Marine Research Institute of Colombia
  • “Large Marine Ecosystems as Management and Governance Frameworks for Transboundary Cooperation on SDG14: Experience of the GEF and UNDP” by Andrew Hudson, Head, Water & Ocean Governance Programme, UNDP, and Laverne Walker, Senior Project Officer, UNDP/GEF Caribbean LME+ Project.

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Honda Establishes Marine Science Foundation to Support Coastal Preservation

7 February 2017 - Inspired by the Japanese concept of sato-umi – the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can harmoniously coexist – Honda today a

7 February 2017 - Inspired by the Japanese concept of sato-umi – the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can harmoniously coexist – Honda today announced the establishment of the Honda Marine Science Foundation, a new initiative to address marine ecosystem restoration and the impact of humans and climate change on oceans and intertidal areas. Committed to marine conservation, the foundation will support science-based programs that improve and preserve coastal areas for future generations. Its first initiative is the Southern California Native Oyster Restoration Project.

In 2015, Honda began researching the oceanic and aquatic impacts of a rapidly changing climate, ocean acidification and rising sea levels. Honda also set out to address human impacts on marine environments, including water pollution and overfishing.

"As a company dedicated to sustainability, we are proud to launch the Honda Marine Science Foundation and focus on coastal environmental awareness," said Steven Center, Honda Marine Science Foundation chairman. "After learning about the challenges and opportunities presented to us by a range of oceanic and atmospheric experts, Honda determined the foundation would foster meaningful cross-sector collaboration to help restore our marine ecosystems."

The Southern California Native Oyster Restoration Project is being conducted in partnership with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. The goals of the project include pioneering research to educate the public about the benefits of restoring native oysters for shoreline stabilization. 

"Collaborating with the Honda Marine Science Foundation will expand our research efforts and help educate people about the positive impact native oyster restoration will have on the Southern California coast," said Hunter Lenihan, professor at UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Honda Marine Science Foundation board member.

The Honda Marine Science Foundation board is comprised of Honda representatives and experts from the marine sciences field, including Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay, UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. The board will help identify projects that support the foundation's mission and provide guidance for these projects.

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