Phase II Backgrounders
Friends of Ocean Action - Overall Backgrounder
A unique group of leaders fast-tracking solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean
Activating Ocean Finance - Backgrounder
Unlocking opportunities for finance to flow towards a sustainable blue economy
Building a Resilient Ocean - Backgrounder
Strengthening the resilience of ocean ecosystems, economies and people
Creating a Digital Ocean - Backgrounder
Liberating data to inform solutions for ocean health
Nourishing Billions - Backgrounder
Feeding a growing global population through ethical, transparent and sustainable aquatic resources
Phase I Backgrounders
Friends of Ocean Action and what we do
Friends of Ocean Action is a unique, informal group of 54 ocean leaders who are fast-tracking solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean.
Ending illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition and puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage.
Ending illegal fishing in the Pacific by 2020
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a scourge, particularly in the Pacific where the loss in revenue to the formal economy is USD 4.3-8.3 billion.
Ending illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing – traceability
In Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Below Water or ‘the ocean goal’), governments set out to end IUU fishing by 2020.
Marine protection and conservation
Global biodiversity loss is taking place at an increasingly fast rate and is close to reaching a critical point.
Effective management of ocean resources is fundamentally undermined by a profound lack of information. Scientific data on ocean conditions is temporally and spatially limited.
Financing ocean innovation
The ocean is the ultimate resource for all. It covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, is the planet’s largest biosphere and is home to 50–80% of life on Earth.
Securing sustainable food from the ocean
Friends of Ocean Action is exploring the role of the ocean and other aquatic resources in adequately, safely and sustainably feeding the planet now and into the future.
Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP)
A world without plastic waste and pollution is possible
Decarbonizing shipping: Getting to Zero Coalition
In order to shift to a zero-carbon maritime sector, a deeper understanding of zero-emission fuels and ambitious policy measures is required by the industry, and to turn this into demonstr...
Driving gender parity in the battle to save the ocean
There is considerable evidence to support the idea that progress on many of the SDGs accelerates when women are empowered to bring about change.
Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2021 Report
The Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2021 were focused on equipping leaders and engaging citizens on how to ensure we do not squander the historic opportunity 2021 represents for the environment.
South Africa: fueling the future of shipping
South Africa’s role in the transformation of global shipping through green hydrogen-derived fuels.
Deep-Sea Minerals: Why Manufacturers and Markets Should Engage Now
New paper identifies challenges of applying land-based responsible mineral sourcing standards to deep-sea minerals.
Fast-tracking ocean solutions: Friends of Ocean Action Impact Report (Chinese)
Fast-tracking ocean solutions: Friends of Ocean Action Phase I Impact Report
Presenting the vision, milestones and successes of the Friends of Ocean Action platform, the Impact Report provides a comprehensive account of the first three years of Friends of Ocean Ac...
Meeting Report: Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2020
The Virtual Ocean Dialogues, 1-5 June 2020, hosted by Friends of Ocean Action with the World Economic Forum, was the first global online conference for a healthy ocean that was open to all.
Report: The Ocean Finance Handbook
The Ocean Finance Handbook is a new guide that seeks to demystify the investment landscape of the sustainable blue economy.
Impact Report: The Business Case for Marine Protection and Conservation
Now is the time to pull together to protect natural resources – for the good of people, the natural world and business sustainability alike
Ending Illegal Fishing: Report on Data Policy and the Port State Measures Agreement
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing robs nations of up to $23.5 billion annually, undermining fisheries management and cheating legal fishers.