Yesterday, the European Commission launched a new proposal designed to improve the planning of maritime activities at sea, such as offshore wind energy, shipping, fishing and other human and economic activities.
“This initiative will contribute to a healthy environment and better living conditions for the 200 million EU citizens who live in coastal regions,” said European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik. “It should also help preserve unique and diverse coastlines and ecosystems that offer invaluable habitats for plants and animals”
The proposal aims to create a “common European framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management” in order to ensure that maritime and coastal activities, including the use of marine resources, remain sustainable throughout the European Union.
The Commission states that increasing human activity offshore and along the coast could lead to problems – like competition for space and resources – if not managed properly. This proposal will attempt to better monitor these activities by requiring Member States to map all plans. Using a common map, the Commission will be able to use space and resources more efficiently and develop better coastal management strategies.
To learn more:
- Read a summary of the proposal: Commission launches initiative on sustainable management of marine and coastal areas
- Read the full news release: Commission takes initiative to support Blue Growth through sustainable management of marine and coastal areas
- Read a Q&A about the proposal: Questions and Answers on proposed Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management
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