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Future of our seas

The virtual Marine Stakeholder Conference “Future of our Seas” will take place on 17 December 2021. The event can be followed in the language versions:




Thirteen years ago, the EU decided to take action to ensure the preservation and restoration of EU’s seas and ocean, under increasing threats. The adoption of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, unique in the world at the time, led to great efforts by all EU countries to put in place a framework of action to tackle the cumulative impacts on marine ecosystems, from harmful fishing practices to the impact of nutrient, chemical, plastic and noise pollution on marine life and habitats. The pressure exerted by climate change adds to the challenge.

As foreseen by the legislator, the Directive has to be reviewed by 2023. The review will build on the implementation report mentioned above. It will consist in an evaluation and an impact assessment, that will be carried out back-to-back.

In the context of this review process, the conference will provide the opportunity to showcase how the Directive serves the ambitions of the European Green Deal initiatives and to interrogate whether the Directive should be adapted to improve its performance and better address the challenges identified.

Join the discussion on Twitter using the: #FutureOfOurSeas.

The conference will be live streamed (link to live stream will be provided at a later date).

Agenda - Conference "Future of our seas"
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Speakers - Conference "Future of our seas"
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