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10 Nov 2016

Commission adopts a Communication on Ocean Governance including research and data

The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy adopted a Joint Communication today, proposing actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans. The European Union sets out an agenda for better ocean governance based on a cross-sectoral, rules-based international approach.

The proposal sets out 14 sets of actions in 3 priority areas:
1) Improving the international ocean governance framework;
2) Reducing human pressure on the oceans and creating the conditions for a sustainable blue economy
3) Strengthening international ocean research and data.

An estimated 90% of the oceans' seabed remains unchartered. Less than 3% is used for economic activity. More understanding and sound scientific knowledge is essential to sustainably manage ocean resources and reduce human pressure. The EU's Blue Data Network and the European Marine Observation and Data Network provide data from over 100 marine research bodies, which is accessible to all. The Commission will propose how to develop this database into a worldwide marine data network.

The proposed actions will now be discussed with the EU Member States in the Council and the European Parliament.

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