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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

International ocean governance: looking back at two years of firm action

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2019

The Commission published a report outlining the progress made on the ocean governance agenda since the adoption of a Joint Communication on International Ocean Governance, together with the High Representative of the European Union, two years ago.
The conclusion of the report is encouraging. The 50 actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans in Europe and around the world are successfully being implemented. And the work will continue.Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella added: “Oceans make up 70% of the planet and absorb 25% of the global C02 emissions. I am happy that with our agenda for the future of our oceans, EU’s role in oceans’ management has strengthened and action has intensified. But the challenges that the oceans face are as big as the oceans themselves – climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, overfishing. We need to continue our work.”
EUR 590 million have so far been engaged under EU development policy to promote better ocean governance with non-EU countries Thanks to the EU’s IUU policy, 14 countries have successfully reformed their control and management systems to fight illegal fishing in their territory The EU has played a major role in achieving an international consensus on the protection of the high seas in the Arctic On the environmental side, the EU is meanwhile manifesting itself as a global frontrunner, thanks to.
Ambitious new legislation to counter marine pollution, in particular from single use plastics and lost fishing gearPromotion of offshore wind and ocean energy, as an important contribution to a carbon-neutral EU economy by 2050Designation of more than 10% of its marine and coastal areas as marine protected areas, two years before the 2020 international deadline The EU invests in, and promotes global efforts to improve ocean research, data and science. This is needed to improve policy-making, drive innovation and facilitate a sustainable ‘blue’ economy. The Commission has started publishing the Copernicus Ocean State Report annually. Over EUR 500 million was committed on marine research under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The official Joint report “Improving International Ocean Governance – Two years of progress” can be found here accompanied by a Staff Working Document. Below you can read the version for the larger public.


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