The EU commits to follow an ecosystem approach to achieve the good environmental status of EU Member States' marine waters by 2020, notably by working at the regional and EU level and contributing to the coordinated achievement of the targets of SDG14. The good environmental status is defined in the EU legislation - Marine Strategy Framework Directive - as the environmental status of marine waters where these provide ecologically diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive.
The EU commits to allocate additional funds to a number of SDG14 related research and innovation projects, notably on the relationship between oceans and human health (EUR 2 million), removal and re-use of marine litter (EUR 26.5 million) and sea food safety (EUR 7 million). The EU will continue its ground-breaking cooperation with the USA and Canada in the North Atlantic to implement the Galway Statement on Ocean Research Cooperation and work towards an All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
The EU commits EUR 8.5 million for the launching of a call for proposals that will be focused on conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea Basin. This action aims to contribute to the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea basin. This encompasses conservation, restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services and particularly targets natural areas that are threatened by misuse, overexploitation, pollution and climate change effects, while favouring actions in the field that directly benefit ecosystems...[more]
The three general objectives, as defined in the Community bylaws, are: political and diplomatic coordination among its members; economic, social, cultural, legal, technical and scientific cooperation; and promotion and diffusion of the Portuguese language.This partnership has a direct impact on 4 SIDS countries: Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe and Timor-Leste
The EU commits to support the CITES Secretariat with EUR 1 million for a programme designed to enhance the capacity of developing countries to implement their obligations under CITES for marine species and promote synergies between CITES, FAO and RFMOs.
In 2010 the European Council approved the Europe 2020-strategy with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from the 1990 levels, having 20% of energy from renewables, and having 20% increase in energy efficiency by the year 2020.Source: Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy for the new decade. The Union has set five ambitious objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020. Each Member State will adopt its own national targets in each of these areas. Concrete actions at EU and national levels will underpin the strat...[more]
The EU, in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), commits to work on accelerating Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide. In this regard, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) adopted on 24/03/2017 a "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide", which will contribute to outlining a vision and a role for MSP in implementing Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, a...[more]
As a part of the Regional Integration Pilar of the Special Partnership between the EU and Cape Verde, the EU aims to support, through the European Union Ultra-Peripheral Regions (RUP), the integration of the Macaronesia space, with the objective of improving its structure and increase its dynamism and competitiveness, in line with the enlarged neighbourhood policy.Main areas of intervention: Renewable Energy, Biodiversity and Marine Conservation, Coastal Management and Hydraulic Resources, Tourism and other sectors.
The EU announced its First State of the Ocean status report, delivered through its Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) for monitoring the conditions of the oceans. The EU announced that this report will be updated annually.
The EU commits to fostering action, including through the BEST initiative which promotes the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories of EU Member States. These actions are supported by European Regional Development Fund programmes and Cohesion Fund, as well as by the 11th European Development Fund, where biodiversity is a priority for the Regional Indicative Programmes in Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Ocean.
The EU commits to fully deploy its European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) by 2020. This network consists of more than 160 organisations assembling marine data, products and metadata which will make these fragmented resources more available to public and private users relying on quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data which are interoperable and free of restrictions on use.
The EU commits EUR 15 million for the improvement of regional fisheries governance in Western Africa with the aim to develop a regional fishing policy, putting in place a regional coordination against Illegal Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing and improving fish stock management at regional level (PESCAO programme).
The project is targeting Mzuzu city and Karonga town, located in the northern region of Malawi. The slum settlements in these places have poor access to health, water and sanitation. Therefore, the project is planned to result in: (i) Increased water supply and sanitation coverage leading to reduction of water borne, water related diseases and child mortality rate. (ii) Improved living condition and longevity for the residents; (iii) Improved health leading to increased productivity, economic growth and poverty reduction and (iv) strengthened local institutions capacity for improved and sustai...[more]
The European Union is dedicating EUR 1 million to launch twinned marine protected areas in Europe and Africa, North America, and South America by 2017. The European Union has set up this initiative to promote cooperation between managers of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in countries and territories around the Atlantic Ocean, bringing both sides of the Atlantic together in twinning projects. It is designed to stimulate exchange and the sharing of best practice to improve the effective management of MPAs in coastal and offshore areas of the Atlantic.
IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]
The EU commits EUR 420,000 (USD 470,000) for a modernization project to update the European Fisheries Control Agency application to provide EU Member States the ability for worldwide vessel tracking.
PACE-Net Plus is a three-year project, funded by the European Commission that will strengthen bi-regional cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI) between the Pacific region and Europe. The main objectives of PACE-Net Plus are:• Reinforcing the UE-Pacific ST&I cooperation, focusing on 3 major societal challenges in the field of health, demographic change and wellbeing; food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; and climate action, resource use and efficiency, and raw materials.• Enhancing the cooperation on innovation issues, he...[more]
Promote and improve dialogue and cooperation between PALOP-TL in general with a focus on certain thematic areas:Good Governance (Efficiency and transparency in Economic and social governance), Democracy, Employment and Vocational Training. Health, Promotion of Culture.This partnership has a direct impact on 4 SIDS countries: Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe and Timor-Leste.
The European Union (EU) commits to prevent and significantly reduce marine litter in EU Member States waters by 2020, including by establishing a Union-wide quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter. The proposal for an EU Plastic Strategy will contribute to this effort and will comprehensively address the problems caused by the leakage of plastic, including microplastics in the marine environment and is to be finalized by the end of 2017. The EU's Circular Economy Strategy will reinforce the implementation of the 3 'R's (reduce, reuse, recycle). The EU is addressing the issue o...[more]
The EU commits to promoting a structured dialogue on cruise tourism between cruise operators, ports and port cities, in order to enhance synergies in the sector. In this regard a first Pan-European dialogue conference was organized in March 2015, followed by regional dialogues for the Mediterranean (2015) and the Baltic Sea (2016). A regional dialogue for the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Arctic will be organized in 2017.
The EU commits approximately EUR 6 million to protect fisheries livelihoods in Ghana and Somalia. In Ghana, two projects will support co-management approaches in fisheries to ensure greater environmental sustainability and social equity in Ghana's fishery sector. In Somalia, the project will support artisanal, small-scale fisheries production, processing and trade to contribute to livelihoods, food security and improved nutrition for populations.
The EU commits to present a series of studies on biodiversity conservation in Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of the "Larger Than . " series, parts of which will contribute to the enhancement of the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. These studies will centralise and transfer scientific and research knowledge, which will be essential for the provision of strategic advice to states and non-state actors on issues which are directly related to the implementation of some SDG14 targets and other ocean related SDGs. This set of strategic documents on biodiversity conse...[more]
The European Union (EU) commits to strengthening regional cooperation to support implementation of SDG 14 in contribution to strengthened regional ocean governance in the forthcoming period. In this regard, EUR 400,000 was provided to UNEP Regional Seas Programme to deliver, in cooperation with relevant partners, a comprehensive report on the best practices of institutional cooperation and policy-interactions, guidance for policy-makers in support of implementation of ocean-related Agenda 2030.
The EU commits EUR 60 million to support the management of protected areas, including Marine Protected Areas, in ACP Countries through the BIOPAMA II Biodiversity and Protected Areas in ACP Countries. From this amount, EUR 20 million is reserved to fund Ocean Related Activities. The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas. Specifically, the programme will enhance existing institutions and networks by making ...[more]
The European Union (EU) commits approximately EUR 6 million in 2017 to improve governance, science and capacity building, as well as increase compliance in the 18 Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and tuna RFMOs in which the EU participates. The EU acknowledges its responsibility to promote sustainable fisheries and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries.
The EU, together with its Mediterranean partners, has endorsed MedFish4Ever Declaration, which set out a detailed work programme for the next 10 years. In particular, the EU, as a signatory to the Declaration, commits (1) by 2020 to ensure that all key Mediterranean stocks are subject to adequate data collection and scientifically assessed on a regular basis; (2) to establish multi-annual management plans for all key fisheries; (3) to eliminate illegal fishing and to that end, ensure that, by 2020 all States have the legal framework and the necessary human and technical capabilities to meet th...[more]
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are embarking on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) - the Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and womens empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.