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Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems: A European conference for the marine environment 3-4 March 2014, Brussel


The HOPE Report summarizes  the main points and key findings of the HOPE conference – available on the Programme and Documents page.
HOPE 2014 is over. Thank you to all speakers, moderators and participants for those two intense and exciting days! The entire conference was recorded, with links to the videos on both the website homepage and the Programme and Documents page.
All presentations of speakers are now available on this website, on the Programme and Documents page.
At the close of the Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference, the following "Declaration of HOPE" output document was issued.
This morning, the European Environment Agency is announcing a new citizen science project, Marine LitterWatch, to help collect data on the litter found on beaches. Check the EEA website for more details.
IMPORTANT : Registration to the conference is extended until 26 February, midnight (GMT+1).
The Commission’s Article 12 implementation reports and related reports by the EEA and the JRC, as well as the Conference background document, are now available on the “Programme & Documents” page.
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), invites HOPE Conference participants to the launch of its Strategic Plan 4th March, 18:00 at the Norwegian mission to the EU. RSVP at: Read the new plan at
IMPORTANT: Only a few days left for registration to the Conference as registration will close on 24 February!
A curious sea monster named “'Plastic Mer-trans” will be displayed at the Conference. Check our Artists’ corner page for more information!
Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and previous Executive Director of UNEP, will be making the keynote address of the Conference on the topic of the resource efficiency challenge in the marine environment. More details on our Programme page.
Photographer Mandy Barker will be exhibiting her series “SOUP” at the Conference. Check out our “Social Programme” for more information!
Many new speakers confirmed! Check out our “Programme” and “Speakers” page for more information!
Exhibition of sculpture artist Johan Bloom’s piece "Havsverket/ Sea U later” at the Conference. Check out our “Social Programme” for more information!
The HOPE Conference will take place on 3-4 March 2014 in the Charlemagne Building, in Brussels.

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Press Corner

A press point will take place at the HOPE 2014 Conference on 3 March at 10.45 with Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, President-in-office of the Council of Ministers Yannis Maniatis, and Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA) Hans Bruyninckx. There will be an opportunity at this event to gain insight into the state of play of the Marine Directive (Commission report due to be published shortly before the conference), to hear more about the Greek presidency's priorities on the marine environment and to hear more about a forthcoming report from the EEA about the state of Europe's seas (also due in advance of the conference).

The conference will be opened by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, with other key speakers including Klaus Töpfer (Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and former Executive Director of UNEP) and a host of MEPs – Ulrike Rodust (rapporteur on the reform of the common fisheries policy), Richard Seeber and Antonyia Parvanova. The full list of speakers and programme are available on this website.

A press pack will be made available before the conference on this website, and on the day, including the above-mentioned reports. For any further questions, don't hesitate to contact