A rescue plan for the next ten years

BLOOM partners with 101 environmental organisations[1] and signs the Blue Manifesto published today, Tuesday 28 January 2020. This European plan to save the ocean by 2030 includes concrete actions at different deadlines to stop overfishing, degradation and pollution of the ocean and coastal areas.

These changes will have to take place at sea, but also on land. The NGO call for :

  •   Strong or complete protection of at least 30% of the ocean by 2030;
  •   A complete transition to low-impact selective fishing;
  •   An ocean free of pollution;
  •  An organization of human activities that allows the restoration of marine ecosystems.

Although the European Commission has recently committed itself through the ‘European Green Deal’ to implement climate and biodiversity strategies, the ocean is the forgotten part of this green pact. The essential role that the ocean plays in climate regulation is no longer to be proven, as the IPCC’s special report on the ocean and the crysosphere published on 24 September 2019 does not fail to underline. The ocean must be an integral part of these strategies that will help redirect investment and legislation towards a climate-resilient and ecologically diverse future.

This is why the European NGO that advocate for the defence of the marine environment are mobilising and are today launching an appeal to the European institutions and political decision-makers by proposing a rescue plan for the next ten years.


[1]A Rocha (International Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme); Animal latitude; APECE – Portuguese Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranchs; Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation; ASOC – Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition; Asociacion plataforma »El Chorlitejo »; BIOM association; BirdLfie Sverige; BirdLife Cyprus; Birdlife Europe and Central Asia; BirdLife Malta; BirdLife Suomi; Birdwatch Ireland; BLOOM; Brot für die Welt; BUND – Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland; By the Ocean We Unite; Climate Action Network Europe; CCB – Coalition Clean Baltic; CFFA-CAPE; ClientEarth; Compassion in World Farming; Cork Env Forum; Cork nature network; Deep Sea Conservation Coalition; Deep wave; DEPANA; DN – Danmarks Naturfredningsforening; DSM – Deutsche Stiftung Meeresschutz; ; DUH – Deutsche Umwelthilfe; Ecologistas En Accion; Ecos; EEB – European Environmental Bureau; ENT Foundation; Environmental Justice Foundation; FANC – Finnish Association for Nature Conservation; France Nature Environnement; Friends of the Black Sea; Friends of the Earth Europe; Fundajia Aquarium; Geota; Good fish foundation; Greenpeace; HOS – Hellenic Ornithological Society; IFAW – International Fund for Animal Welfare Europe; INCA – Iceland Nature Conservation Association; International Programme on the State of the Ocean; Irish Sea Sanctuary; Irish Wildlife Trust; Legambiante; Living Sea; LOB – Latvian Ornithological Society; LOD – Lithuanian Ornithological Society; LPN – Liga para a Protecção da Natureza; LPO – Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux; MARE Foundation; Mare Nostrum; Marevivo; MCS – Marine Conservation Society; MedReact; MedSOS; MEER; MIO-ECSDE – Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development; Mundus Maris; NABU – Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union; Natuurpunt; New Economics Foundation; Ocean and Climate Platform; Oceana; OceanCare; Oceanografica; OMA – Observatório do Mar dos Açores; Otop – Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków; Our Fish; PongPesca; Poseidonia green project; Project Aware; Prowildlife; Quercus; ReefCheck; Rethink Plastic Alliance; Retorna; RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; SAR – Seas At Risk; Sciaena; SDN – Stichting de Nordzee; Sea First; SEO – Sociedad Española de Ornitología; Slowfood Germany; SMILO – Small Islands Organisation; SPEA – Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves; SSNC – Swedish Society for Nature Conservation; Sunce; Surfrider Foundation Europe; SWAN – Sustainable Water Network; T&E – Transport and Environment; TNC – The Nature Conservancy; Tour des deux Amériques solidaire en voilier; Under the pole; WDC – Whale and Dolphin Conservation; WWF; Zero Waste Europe.

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