Under the umbrella of Ocean Week, NGOs’ high-level event brings together decision makers and relevant stakeholders to discuss what can be done at EU level to protect and conserve our ocean and its ecosystems.

Over 85% of coastal habitats in the EU have poor or unfavourable conservation status, according to the EEA 2020 State of Nature Report. Following the One Ocean Summit in early 2022 and Brest Commitments for the Oceans, 84 countries are aiming to protect 30% of the world’s land and sea by 2030 – this includes the EU Member States, as declared in the EU Biodiversity Strategy. However, protection alone is insufficient: a combined approach of restoration and protection is an absolute necessity to address the climate and biodiversity crises on time.

Since 2021, the European Commission has been preparing legally-binding targets to restore biodiversity and degraded ecosystems —in particular those with the most potential to capture and store carbon, prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters.

NGOs high-level event “There is no Ocean B. What we Must do to Restore our Blue Planet”, invites you to:

  • Discover collective actions you—EU citizens and decision makers— can take to help restore our ocean

  • Call on decision makers to protect and restore European seas and coastlines

  • Learn about blue NGOs’ rescue plan for Europe’s seas and coastal areas

*Birdlife International, ClientEarth, Oceana, Seas at Risk, Surfrider Foundation Europe, WWF European Policy Office