Maritime Spatial Planning (July 2010)
Maritime spatial planning is about planning of sea space and can help us manage our seas and oceans sustainably. In the process, it can help us create new jobs and economic opportunities, meet our targets for reducing our carbon footprint and keep our seas healthy for generations to come. It seeks to balance sectoral interests and use space more efficiently, thereby contributing to the long-term sustainable use of marine resources. Some EU Member States have considerable experience in planning and managing the use of maritime space. The European Commission is building on this experience and working with Member States and stakeholders towards the implementation of a coherent set of principles for maritime spatial planning across the EU.
EU engages in negotiations to prevent unregulated fisheries in the Arctic high seas
The European Union participated in the first round of international negotiations on measures to prevent unregulated fisheries in the Arctic high seas took place between 19 and 21 April in Washington DC.
Selection of members of the informal expert group on "Skills and career development in the Blue Economy"
The European Commission is setting up an informal expert group to advice the Commission on matters pertaining to the education, training, skills and career development within the blue economy.
Commissioner Vella welcomes IPCC’s decision to produce a special report on the oceans
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and the Environment, welcomes the consensus reached by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to prepare a special report on climate change and oceans and the cryosphere (frozen bodies of water) during its 43rd session held in Nairobi between 11th and 13th April.