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Presidency compromise text.
The European Commission adopted the Blue Growth Strategy in 2012 in order to harness the potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for growth and jobs. Since the adoption of the strategy, the Blue Economy has become a driver for Europe’s welfare and prosperity. Europe’s maritime economy is expected to become an even more significant source of jobs and growth in the years to come. However, despite concerted efforts by the European Union to increase funding for Blue Economy actors, access to funding with acceptable terms remains a key obstacle for innovative businesses.
European researchers joined forces with Atlantic African counterparts to explore the impacts of ocean changes on weather patterns, marine ecosystems and the wider socio-economic consequences for the region. Their findings uncover new thinking and calculations for wind, currents, and other factors in accurately modelling sea surface temperatures.
Waterbase is the generic name given to the EEA’s databases on the status and quality of Europe’s rivers, lakes, groundwater bodies and transitional, coastal and marine waters, on the quantity of Europe’s water resources, and on the emissions to surface waters from point and diffuse sources of pollution.
With our “3 questions to” series, we ask business stakeholders their views of the Blue Bioeconomy sector. This month, Silvia Fluch from ecoduna AG/eparella GmbH tells us about sustainability, finding your market, and how to have impact.
In the past years, European regions have focused on developing Smart Specialisation strategies to respond to the need for transformation and modernisation of their economy. As an innovative and emerging sector, the Blue Bioeconomy offers for many regions a strong potential to tap into new resources, while reducing dependency on overexploited ones, and to halt the decline of traditional economic sectors.
The European Commission will announce its renewed Bioeconomy Strategy in the coming month. Bioeconomy in Europe is already composed of well-establoshed sectors, mostly on land. The potential of the Blue Bioeconomy remains largely untapped, inspite of its riches, and of the many research projects that are now able to turn discoveries into actual products. We asked Commissioner Vella, in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries, to describe the European Commission’s vision for the Blue Bioeconomy sector in the coming years.
Over four fifths of the litter on European beaches is plastic, and over 50% is made of single-use plastic, according to a new scientific report.