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Our Oceans, Seas and Coasts

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  • 01/10/2015: Marine Protected Areas report

    A new Commission report shows significant progress in establishing protected areas in Europe's seas, with benefits for the economy and the environment.
  • 20/10/2014: Marine Strategy Framework Directiveceltic

    You might be interested to see a short animation that has been produced by the LIFE+ Celtic Seas Partnership project to introduce people to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
    There are also some interviews with DG ENV and OSPAR, going into a little more details about the Directive.
  • 20/10/2014: Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Competence Centre (MCC)

    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Competence Centre (MCC) was established by the JRC, the European Commission’s in-house science service, to share harmonised marine policy and science information, and to provide the MSFD Common Implementation Strategy with up-to-date scientific knowledge.
    The website is now online.

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A precious resource…

We all make use of our seas and oceans. Traditional uses (transport, fishing, tourism) now sit alongside more recent activities (mineral extraction, wind farms). The seas have enormous intrinsic value: unlike our cities, they provide us with a free horizon; we enjoy clean coastal and marine environments and the wildlife they support; and we benefit from their role in keeping our climate stable.

…under threat

But the unsustainable use of our seas threatens the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. Human activities that depend on the sea, such as fishing and tourism, suffer from damaged ecosystems and use-related competition will become increasingly serious.

What is the EU doing?

The EU Coastal and Marine Policy provides the legal impetus for the EU to protect and clean up its coasts, seas and oceans as part of an integrated strategy that will enable us to use them sustainably.


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