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The conference “OCEANS – The Future of the Blue Planet” will take place in the European Parliament´s plenary chamber on 19 March at 14:00 and is organised jointly by the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Oceans and seas are of crucial importance to the EU. Healthy oceans are home to a very rich biodiversity, act as climate-regulators, offer food security and contribute to the European economy, offering jobs to nearly 3.5 million people.

However, they are under increasing pressure from over-fishing, coastal eutrophication, marine litter and climate change. They need to be managed sustainably in order to conserve the fragile marine ecosystems.

Panel discussions will cover:

  • Global ocean governance
  • Sustainable blue economy
  • Healthy, clean seas and oceans by 2030