OCEANS The Future of the Blue Planet
Oceans and seas are of crucial importance to the EU. Healthy oceans are home to a very rich biodiversity, act as climate-regulators, offer food security and contribute to the European economy, offering jobs to nearly 3.5 million people.
However, they are under increasing pressure from over-fishing, coastal eutrophication, marine litter and climate change. They need to be managed sustainably in order to conserve the fragile marine ecosystems.
|Event location||European Parliament’s plenary chamber European Parliament, Brussels|
|Host||European Parliament and the European Commission|
|See the agenda||https://www.europarl.europa.eu/external/appendix/oceans/programme_high-level_conference_on_oceans_19032019.pdf|
Worried about what is happening to our oceans? Take part in the Parliament's conference on their future taking place on 19 March.
The importance of healthy oceans
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, over-fishing, marine litter and coastal eutrophication, which is when a body of water contains excessive amounts of minerals and nutrients. This usually leads to an overgrowth of plants and algae and later on a lack of oxygen.
Oceans need to be managed sustainably in order to conserve the fragile marine ecosystems.
ConferenceOn 19 March, the Parliament 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 by 2030.
The conference will start at 14.00 CET with doors opening at noon.
You can register for the conference here.