In 2016, several deep sea mining events brought a common message: technology is running far ahead of regulation and scientific knowledge. And while European technology developers are pushing hard for pilot test mining, even the economic profitability of deep sea mining is still questionable.
The German Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND), member of Seas At Risk, called for a ban on deep sea mining together with several other German NGOs (PowerShift, Fair Oceans, Brot für die Welt, MISEREOR, Stiftung Asienhaus, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung).
Seas At Risk participated in the First Summit of the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum in Hamburg, 12th-13th September. The conference gave a good taste of the opportunities and challenges blue innovation poses to the future of our seas. While EU research seems more and more geared towards a ‘smart’ blue economy, the governance framework – and financial instruments - clearly still need to catch up.
8 June is the United Nations day for World Oceans. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’, yet developments during 2016 have shown just how much more needs to be done to preserve our seas from the effects of human activity.
Between 4 and 7 April, over 450 activists committed to protecting the ocean and climate responded to the call made by various associations including Seas At Risk member Surfrider and many others.
Brussels - Several NGOs and Commission personnel have today exchanged views on deep-sea mining, in a workshop organised by Seas At Risk and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC). The workshop has helped to increase the sense of urgency for coordinated NGO action at international and EU level on this growing environmental threat.
Rome, 9th October - The European marine science community today adopted the ‘Rome Declaration’, reflecting its vision of a future marine science agenda.
Brussels - Karmenu Vella, candidate for Commissioner for Fisheries and Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, survived his hearing in the European Parliament relatively unscathed, but without convincing that the Juncker Commission will put sustainability at the heart of their agenda.
Brussels – The new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, revealed his new team of Commissioners yesterday, and unveiled the surprising plan to merge the Environment and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolios into one position.
After a 25 year fight by NGOs against deep sea bottom trawling, a new, potentially even more destructive industry is now gearing up to take over.
EEB, Seas At Risk and their Greek member organisations - MedSoS, Elliniki Etairia, and Ecocity - co-organised a conference in Athens on “Could Blue Growth turn into Green?” The conference addressed the link between Blue Growth and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD.
Brussels/ Strasbourg 12th December 2013 – The Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management Directive was voted today in the European Parliament, with a final outcome that falls short of what is needed to support effective protection of the marine environment.
12 out of 22 EU Member States have failed to meet a crucial deadline for reporting requirements under the Marine Directive, a Commission scorecard has detailed today. This disappointing finding puts in question whether European states are interested in saving our already fragile marine environment.
EU ministers have signed a Declaration today on a Marine and Maritime Agenda for growth and jobs. Seas at Risk and 18 other environmental NGOs are concerned that such plans will come at the expense of the marine environment and have called on ministers to respect the ‘limits to blue growth’.
In a position paper sent to European ministers ahead of Monday’s expected ‘Limassol Declaration’ on the Integrated Maritime Policy, Seas at Risk and 18 other ENGOs have called on ministers to respect the ‘limits to blue growth’ and ensure that strategies to strengthen the maritime economy do not come at the expense of the marine environment.