Source: DG MARE, EC
“In Rio, the Commission’s stance will be firm and clear: first, ocean issues must be one of the priorities; second, business as usual is not an option. The oceans have entered a period of consequences and we have to take action – immediate action – to reverse that.
The maritime economy in Europe accounts for a production value of some 450 billion euro.
This value could be even higher, if marine resources were exploited sustainably. If protected and well managed, the seas can unlock smart growth and sustainable development; they can create high-value jobs and contribute to the continent’s economic recovery.
We need to accelerate this process by finding a dynamic yet responsible way to use marine resources for the benefit of mankind. In Rio, we will join the United Nations in saying that we now need “green investments” for a “blue world”.
The European Commission…
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