Future of our seas | 17 December 2021 | Online

17 December 2021 - 17 December 2021

Thirteen years ago, the EU decided to take action to ensure the preservation and restoration of EU’s seas and ocean, under increasing threats. The adoption of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, unique in the world at the time, led to great efforts by all EU countries to put in place a framework of action to tackle the cumulative impacts on marine ecosystems, from harmful fishing practices to the impact of nutrient, chemical, plastic and noise pollution on marine life and habitats. The pressure exerted by climate change adds to the challenge.

The conference will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, who will be able to confront their views on the future of the Directive and the protection and management of the marine environment

After a set of plenary sessions, where keynote speakers will address the state of the marine environment in Europe and the political context in which the review of the Directive is taking place, break-out sessions will be organised around two main themes: “Achieving Good Environmental Status” and “Making the Directive work”.

A plenary closing session will recap the core of the discussions in the break-out sessions and outline next steps for the legal protection of EU seas and ocean.

Find out more about Marine Strategy Framework Directive policy

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