EU International Ocean Governance Forum : Reducing pressure on oceans and seas and creating the conditions for a sustainable blue economy
May 5, 2020
The Union for the Mediterranean has participated in the EU International Ocean Governance Forum, launched by the European Commission in association with the European External Action Service to provide a platform for dialogue on ocean challenges and governance solutions. The event took place online on 23-24 April to further strengthen international ocean governance for the sustainable use of oceans and seas and the shift to the blue economy.
Key speakers highlighted 5 key challenges for a sustainable blue economy. The first action needed is tackling pollution to achieve the healthy status of the ocean and restore marine ecosystems, since the marine environment continues to deteriorate, regardless of the efforts invested in reducing pollution.
The Forum also targeted the need to mitigate the effects of climate change. Communities were advised to engage in resilient short-term and long-term initiatives since the increase in greenhouse gas emissions has already resulted in increased ocean acidity, decline on oxygen levels, warming waters, rising sea-level and more frequent and intense extreme events in ocean currents.
Finally, the Forum emphasized the urgency to create the right conditions for a sustainable blue economy and effective ocean governance.