Today, the European Commission presented its Zero Pollution Action Plan, which aims to eliminate all harmful pollution by 2050 by reducing air, water and soil contamination to levels “no longer considered harmful to health and natural ecosystems”, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

A socioeconomic analysis [1] commissioned by Seas At Risk and carried out by New Economics Foundation has revealed that a ban on bottom-contacting gear (bottom trawling and bottom dredging) in Marine Protected Areas would yield net benefits as soon as four years after the ban comes into force.  The study highlights that after 13 years of such a ban, there would be €3.41 returned for every €1 spent, with a cumulative net gain equivalent to €8.4 billion over a 20-year period. 

At a crossroads: Europe’s role in deep sea mining’ a new report published today by marine NGO Seas At Risk, exposes the role played by the EU, its Member States, the UK and Norway in this final mining frontier and provides a comprehensive analysis of their existing policies on deep-sea mining. It makes the case for the EU and Member States to prohibit deep-sea mining in European waters and to push for a global moratorium, as well as to set strong binding targets for material footprint reduction, including a drastic reduction in primary metals use.

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