The One Ocean Summit took place last week in Brest, France in the context of France’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. The goal of this Summit was to raise the collective level of ambition of the international community on marine issues and to translate our shared responsibility for the ocean into tangible commitments. It also provided an excellent occasion for the Commission to highlight the importance of Maritime Spatial Planning.
“The shift to create a sustainable blue economy will only work if all players and sectors work in the same direction. Member states, regions, businesses large and small, scientific community, local groups, and the general public: everyone will have to make serious and sustained efforts. Cooperation needs to become more strategic and horizontal. It has to go beyond national and regional borders and across levels of governance and sectors of activity. For this, we have a key tool, which is Maritime Spatial Planning.” Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), Coastal Regions' Forum: Millions of Users of the Sea – 11 February 2022.
Moreover, representatives from more than 100 countries have stated their determination to preserve the oceans by contributing to the “Brest Commitments for the Oceans”. Among those commitments, several are directly related to MSP:
- “The European Union has pledged to produce a “Digital Twin of the Ocean” to gather knowledge and test scenarios for action, supporting European blue growth and global governance.”
- “UNESCO has pledged to ensure at least 80 % of the seabed is mapped by 2030.”,
- “The 27 Member States of the European Union, joined by 16 third countries, have therefore launched the “High Ambition Coalition on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction” (BBNJ) in order to foster the conclusion this year of an effective, global agreement on the sustainable use of the high seas and the protection of their biodiversity."
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