Europe and Central Asia
4 Mar 2020

Blue Manifesto - The roadmap to healthy ocean in 2030

By BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

More than 100 environmental organisations, led by BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Seas At Risk, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF have launched the “Blue Manifesto”. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded and polluted ocean and coastlines. To be successful, change is needed on both land and sea. Together, we call for:  

  • At least 30% of the ocean to be highly or fully protected by 2030
  • A shift to low-impact fishing
  • Securing a pollution-free ocean
  • Planning of human activities that support the restoration of thriving marine ecosystems

Bruna Campos, Senior Marine Policy Officer, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia said: “Saving the oceans means saving both marine species and their habitats. It is about actively restoring our seabeds and halting ongoing destructive fishing. It is incomprehensible how fishing vessels are still allowed to bycatch dolphins, seabirds and sea turtles. We need a transformative change to save our oceans in the next ten years. Nature at sea is in crisis because we lack commitment to change the status quo, and we can no longer afford it. ”

If you want to support the Blue Manifesto, you can sign up here


Blue Manifesto 2020 assessment

The Blue Manifesto set out a clear path and an urgent timeline for ocean protection that would need to be met to ensure a healthy future for Europe’s seas by 2030. This first assessment reviews the progress towards achieving the milestones set for 2020. Of the 11 milestones for this year, two are assessed to deliver on all their targets, five are on track to at least partly meet their targets, and three are considered not to achieve their targets. One milestone has not progressed enough for it to be given even an indicative score.

  • Read the assessment summary here
  • Read the full assessment here


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