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07 June 2020

RISE UP is a joint call to action bringing together international civil society, fishers, Indigenous people and NGOs urging governments and corporations to take bold action to restore the ocean to health. The RISE UP call to action sets objectives and targets needed to tackle the issues that threaten the ocean, with the goal to inspire decision makers and key-stakeholders to commit and act for ocean’s protection  

05 June 2020

The EU’s Green Recovery plan provides the opportunity to tackle the economic fall out of the Covid-19 crisis and ensure that public investments will deliver a healthier environment and economy. Investments in the marine environment can yield particularly large returns. In this paper, Seas At Risk, together with eight  NGOs, provides recommendations and examples of investment opportunities for the marine sector to show how a green recovery for the ocean is possible.

 

05 June 2020

Seas At Risk’s Ocean Action! conference took place on 5 February 2020 in Brussels. The event, which marked Seas At Risk’s 30-year anniversary, brought together ocean lovers from civil society, institutions, governments and scientific organisations. The report retraces key moments of the conference, such as the presentation of the Blue Manifesto, the thought-provoking presentations and discussions between inspirational experts, decision-makers and activists. A selection of the many creative collective ideas that emerged from the workshops are presented in the report, providing useful examples of concrete ocean actions to complement the Blue Manifesto.

For the full list of ideas that emerged from the workshops, see the "Annex - Workshop outcomes"

05 June 2020

Green recovery offers considerable potential for smart investments that will deliver both a healthier economy and a healthier environment. However, although investments in the marine environment can yield large returns, governments around the world spend an estimated 22 billion dollars annually on capacity-enhancing, harmful financial incentives and subsidies in the fisheries sector alone. The EU, too, continues to invest in these harmful incentives, despite the marine ecosystem being already on the brink on collapse. The EU’s Green Recovery plan presents an unexpected opportunity to redirect these resources towards sustainable recovery.

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28 January 2020

More than 100 environmental organisations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF launched the “Blue Manifesto”. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded and polluted ocean and coastlines. To be successful, change is needed on both land and sea. The NGOs call for: At least 30% of the ocean to be highly or fully protected by 2030, Shift to low-impact fishing; Securing a pollution-free ocean; Planning of human activities that support the restoration of thriving marine ecosystems. 

Press Release available in EN, FR, ES, IT, PT, DE, HR, BG

Blue Manifesto vertical version

Blue Manifesto horizontal version

 

 

Full list of organisations signing the Manifesto: A Rocha (International Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme); Animal latitude; APECE - Portuguese Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranchs; Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation; ASOC - Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition; Asociacion plataforma"El Chorlitejo"; BIOM association; BirdLfie Sverige; BirdLife Cyprus; Birdlife Europe and Central Asia; BirdLife Malta; BirdLife Suomi; Birdwatch Ireland; Bloom; Brot für die Welt; BUND - Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland; By the Ocean We Unite; Climate Action Network Europe; CCB - Coalition Clean Baltic; CFFA-CAPE; ClientEarth; Compassion in World Farming; Cork Env Forum; Cork nature network; Deep Sea Conservation Coalition; Deep wave; DEPANA; DN - Danmarks Naturfredningsforening; DSM - Deutsche Stiftung Meeresschutz; ; DUH - Deutsche Umwelthilfe; Ecologistas En Accion; Ecos; EEB - European Environmental Bureau; ENT Foundation; Environmental Justice Foundation; FANC - Finnish Association for Nature Conservation; France Nature Environnement; Friends of the Black Sea; Friends of the Earth Europe; Fundajia Aquarium; Geota; Good fish foundation; Greenpeace; HOS - Hellenic Ornithological Society; IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare Europe; INCA - Iceland Nature Conservation Association; International Programme on the State of the Ocean; Irish Sea Sanctuary; Irish Wildlife Trust; Legambiante; Living Sea; LOB - Latvian Ornithological Society; LOD - Lithuanian Ornithological Society; LPN - Liga para a Protecção da Natureza; LPO - Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux; MARE Foundation; Mare Nostrum; Marevivo; MCS - Marine Conservation Society; MedReact; MedSOS; MEER; MIO-ECSDE - Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development; Mundus Maris; NABU - Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union; Natuurpunt; New Economics Foundation; Ocean and Climate Platform; Oceana; OceanCare; Oceanografica; OMA - Observatório do Mar dos Açores; Otop - Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków; Our Fish; PongPesca; Poseidonia green project; Project Aware; Prowildlife; Quercus; ReefCheck; Rethink Plastic Alliance; Retorna; RSPB - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; SAR - Seas At Risk; Sciaena; SDN - Stichting de Nordzee; Sea First; SEO - Sociedad Española de Ornitología; Slowfood Germany; SMILO - Small Islands Organisation; SPEA - Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves; SSNC - Swedish Society for Nature Conservation; Sunce; Surfrider; SWAN - Sustainable Water Network; T&E - Transport and Environment; TNC - The Nature Conservancy; Tour des deux Amériques solidaire en voilier; Under the pole; WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation; WWF; Zero Waste Europe.

06 December 2019

A group of ocean experts, including the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, scientists and NGOs convening for a COP25 event today in Madrid, How can Ending Overfishing Mitigate Climate Change?, have called for immediate action by governments worldwide to end overfishing in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans.  

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20 November 2019

These are our priority actions for the European Commission work programme 2019 - 2024. This report was prepared by Seas At Risk and is backed by our 32 member organisations. The goal of this paper is to highlight our blue vision and how to work constructively with the European Commission to deliver the protection that our oceans urgently require. 

 

Report

 

10 October 2019

The Rethink Plastic Alliance, of which Seas a Risk is a core partner, released a guide for national policy makers to implement the Single-Use Plastics Directive. The guide outlines the different provisions of the SUP Directive and makes  recommendations on how national decision makers can best implement its measures on single-use plastic in Member States.

20 August 2018

In the run up to the European elections in May 2019, Seas At Risk’s member, Surfrider Foundation Europe launched the Voice For the Ocean campaign. The aim is to encourage citizens to “make their voice heard” and speak up for the ocean by completing an online survey.

The consultation addresses eight issues that are crucial for the ocean and for society as a whole, from water pollution and exploitation of natural resources to coastal management and ocean literacy. The online survey is open until mid-December 2018, and is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Bulgarian.

Once the survey has closed, Surfrider will compile the results and share a summary with the candidates for the European elections. Surfrider Foundation and Seas At Risk hope that politicians will consider the priorities expressed by citizens, and include the protection of the ocean as an important issue in their election programmes.

The campaign can be followed on Twitter at @VFTO_EU.

 

 

01 October 2012

This position paper is a reaction to the recent European Commission’s Communication on Blue Growth, which ‘drives forward the Commission's Integrated Maritime Policy and launches a process which will place the blue economy firmly on the agenda of Member States, regions, enterprise and civil society.’

Environmental NGOs wish to express their concerns regarding some of the priorities set in the Blue Growth Communication and to contribute alternative ideas in shaping a truly sustainable blue economy.

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