Our oceans and seas need protection!
New background paper by Federal Environment Agency on perspectives in European Marine Strategy
Our oceans and seas cover about 70 percent of the earth’s surface and, just as do rainforests, play an important role for mankind and the environment. The oceans and seas are a source of food, they regulate Earth’s climate, they harbour phenomenal energy resources, and they are the origin of all life. Protection of oceans and seas is therefore particularly crucial, and according to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), strategies for their protection must be co-ordinated and consolidated across national borders. A focus on a few individual sectors such as fisheries, transport, or tourism will not suffice. ”We need an integrative approach in order to efficiently solve the variety of problems facing the oceans and seas. It’s the only way to achieve their sustainable protection”, said UBA President Prof. Dr. Andreas Troge. A survey of current European marine policy and recommendations for its further improvement are provided in a new UBA background paper.