WWF reaction to Commission's new approach for a sustainable blue economy

Posted on 17 May 2021

"The European Commission has brought in the much needed, but up until now overall lacking, blue dimension to the European Green Deal."
Today, the European Commission published a communication on a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU. 

Alexandre Cornet, Ocean Policy Officer at the WWF European Policy Office said, “The European Commission has brought in the much needed, but up until now overall lacking, blue dimension to the European Green Deal. It is very promising to see language shifting from a paradigm of growth to one based on sustainability. In order to contribute to a truly sustainable blue economy and demonstrate commitment to this shift, the proposed “Blue Forum” must incorporate all pillars of sustainability: gathering all marine stakeholders means not only economic players, such as those from maritime sectors, but those who benefit from ecosystem services, like coastal communities, and those who bring a voice for nature, including civil society.”

WWF is supportive of the Commission’s sustainable blue economy agenda, including climate neutrality, biodiversity restoration and protection, sustainable seafood (including stronger fisheries control), and the sustainable use of our marine areas through ecosystem-based maritime spatial planning.

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Knot (Calidris canutus) flock flying in front of a wind farm
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