The majority of the coastal states of the EU do not fulfil their commitments to marine biodiversity

The sea lamprey could prevent the extinction of one of the naiads more amenazadasLa fifth set, in 200 years, of a turtle on a beach valencianaEspaña is already

The majority of the coastal states of the EU do not fulfil their commitments to marine biodiversity
The sea lamprey could prevent the extinction of one of the naiads more amenazadasLa fifth set, in 200 years, of a turtle on a beach valencianaEspaña is already the second european country with more surface area marine protected

A report made by the organizations WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue points out that 19 of the 23 member States with the expense of the European Union (EU) do not comply with their commitments to protect marine biodiversity before the deadline, set for 2020.

Eleven member States would not be informed of any management plan for their marine protected areas (AMP), and eight have management plans for less than 10% of their AMP. For this reason, WWF concluded that only 1.8% of the marine area of the EU is covered by MPAS with management plans, despite the fact that 12.4% should be protected.

"Without urgent action to implement effective plans for the conservation or restoration of nature, with restrictions appropriate against extractive activities , almost all MPAS of the EU will not be able to support the resilience of our ocean in this marcoo weather emergency," explained the lead author of the report, Janica Borg.

in Addition, the evaluation of WWF shows that the general design of the marine protection in the regional seas of Europe does not offer a network of MPAS that work effectively together. "The networks of MPAS in the sea Baltic , the ocean Atlantic north-east and the sea Mediterranean do not represent enough local habitats, or the AMP they are close enough to one another for species to move successfully between them," said Borg.

From the WWF argue that, to perform an effective protection of marine biodiversity, it would be necessary that about 30% of the surface of the oceans of the world were under some kind of safeguard before 2030 .

Updated Date: 12 September 2019, 07:01

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