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.

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.

The ‘Limassol Declaration’ should become the milestone for the future development of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy. It will also consider the strategy for maritime economic growth and employment as lined out in the recent Blue Growth Communication of the European Commission. The Declaration is to be subsequently adopted by the General Affairs Council and the European Council in December 2012.

The NGOs call in particular upon Ministers and policy makers to fully enshrine Good Environmental Status by 2020 and the precautionary principle as prerequisites for the Integrated Maritime Policy and the Blue Growth agenda in the Limassol Declaration; and to recognise the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) as the overarching framework for future development.

The groups have emphasised that a blue economy should not be based on the exploitation of non-renewable marine resources, as has been the case with many terrestrial resources.

The paper also urges ministers to ensure that technology and efficiency gains are not outstripped by growth and that the focus on sustainable economic activities should be to meet the needs of current and future generations, rather than on growth for the sake of growth.


Limits to Blue Growth – Joint NGO Position Paper

 
 

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