Welcome to the Seas At Risk New Year newsletter. In it we take a look back at a very eventful December, with the Paris Climate talks agreeing a global deal, the European Commission finally releasing its long awaited Circular Economy package and a disappointing European Fisheries Council. We also review 2015, what it meant for the protection of Europe's seas, and what key developments to look forward to in 2016.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and sustainable 2016,
The Seas At Risk Team
2015 was a busy year for European seas, with many developments on the EU policy front.
The absence of any reference to international aviation and shipping emissions in the Paris Agreement casts doubts over who is responsible for reining in their skyrocketing emissions.
The December EU Fisheries Council went on until the early hours, yet once again failed to end overfishing in the North East Atlantic and the North Sea, despite their commitments under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.
The European Commission's adoption of a new Circular Economy package included a commitment to continue to work on the EU headline marine litter reduction target, and to develop a strategy on plastics in the Circular Economy.
The Oceans were front and centre of the climate debate this week at the COP21 climate talks in Paris. Special events both inside and outside of the main negotiation zone highlighted the crucial role played by the world’s seas in regulating our climate and mitigating the effect our greenhouse gas emissions are having.
Seas At Risk member organisation Sciaena recently organised a media briefing for the Portuguese press on the recent implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.