The oceans are of crucial importance as they are home to a rich biodiversity, act as climate regulators and offer food security. They also contribute to the European economy with a turnover of €566 billion, providing jobs for nearly 3.5 million people.
However, oceans are under increasing pressure from climate change, overfishing, marine litter and many more challenges.
Oceans need to be managed sustainably in order to conserve our fragile marine ecosystems.
On 19 March, the Parliament and the European Commission, will host a conference on the future of oceans, with panel discussions covering global ocean governance; sustainable blue economy; and healthy, clean seas and oceans.
The conference will start at 14.00 CET with doors opening at noon.
The event will take place in the European Parliament’s hemicycle in Brussels.