1.2 Towards a healthy marine environment - a vital source for life on earth

23 May - 09.30 - 11.00

Seas and oceans are a vital source for life on Earth, but they face growing threats that will affect us all unless they are kept under control. Whether we eat fish, transport our goods, produce energy or use the sea for recreation, if we fail to respect the boundaries for growth, or develop our marine environment in an unsustainable way, we will destroy marine ecosystems for future generations. This snapshot of EU maritime and marine policy will show how known threats are being addressed, and how the EU is looking for integrated responses that treat these problems in a holistic manner.


  • Guus Borchardt, Director, Water, Marine Environment & Chemicals Directorate, DG Environment, European Commission