Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. To highlight the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge, the European Commission is organising an ‘EU Ocean Day’ on 7 December during the COP 25, the UN Climate Change Conference (2 – 13 December 2019).
Between 2014 and 2019, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has financed many new ideas all over Europe to support both fisheries and the blue economy. It has helped many innovative projects thrive while helping in coordinating maritime cooperation across borders. The newly published brochure presents an overview of some of these disruptive projects working to protect oceans and their health.
Press release in French.
On 10 December 2019, BSI, FESI – and WWF Germany are organising a joint policy event in Brussels, where first results of the TextileMission project will be presented by its partner organisations. The event also aims to stimulate further European wide research, in order to initiate additional EU project funding for the synthetic related microplastic problem.
This international workshop aims to provide a forum for negotiators at the United Nations and relevant stakeholders (e.g. civil society, private sector, international organisations, academia, science) to discuss particular issues relating to the environmental impact assessments (EIA) part of the ongoing negotiations on a future instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ process).
Next year’s UN biodiversity conference, the COP15, should be the biodiversity equivalent of the Paris agreement on climate change, says the Environment Committee.
On 22 November, participants in the 17th regional seminar of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups adopted a declaration highlighting the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development in many eastern and southern African countries.
As Steering Group of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum we are now proud to present you this Roadmap for the blue bioeconomy that should help the blue bioeconomy fulfil its potential and flourish. We thank all people that contributed to this Roadmap and the discussions leading to it, and wish this Roadmap is used well!