Limits to Blue Growth (joint NGO position paper)
From the Seas at Risk website
Limits to Blue Growth – Joint NGO position paper, October 2012
Integrated Maritime Policy
The IMP’s Blue Growth initiative has identified five priority areas for future creation of growth and employment, i.e. ocean renewable energy, aquaculture, maritime and coastal tourism, exploitation and mining of marine mineral resources and blue biotechnology. For most of these sectors, the magnitude and scope of environmental impacts are highly uncertain and partly unknown. Seas At Risk is therefore advocating a precautionary approach that respects the constraints to growth that are set by the EU’s Good Environmental Status 2020 goal.
Maritime Spatial Planning is intended to become the main coordinating tool under the IMP. The Commission recently issued a proposal for Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning in combination with Integrated Coastal Management. Seas At Risk will work to ensure that the proposal is fully framed by the Good Environmental Status target as defined in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
European Commission’s website on the Integrated Maritime Policy click here
Blue Growth – opportunities for marine and maritime sustainable growth
Joint NGO position paper: MSP-ICM proposed Directive 2013