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The blue economy is full of opportunities for low-carbon, sustainable growth. But to make sure that these activities do not clash for space or damage the marine environment, careful planning is needed. That is exactly what maritime spatial planning does. In this guest blog, the authors explore how the EU and international partners are planning the ocean.

The ocean is a treasure trove of economic opportunities — from fishing and aquaculture to renewable energy and ecotourism. And with the European Green Deal, we will rely on it even more. The blue economy can help us find new solutions to fully decarbonize the European economy by 2050.

The EU organised and hosted a three-day meeting for scientists from the 10 signatories to the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean. The meeting took place from 11 to 13 February 2020 at the EU Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy).