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Achieve the good environmental status of EU Member States' marine waters by 2020
by European Union (Government)
The EU commits to follow an ecosystem approach to achieve the good environmental status of EU Member States' marine waters by 2020, notably by working at the regional and EU level and contributing to the coordinated achievement of the targets of SDG14.

The good environmental status is defined in the EU legislation - Marine Strategy Framework Directive - as the environmental status of marine waters where these provide ecologically diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive.
Progress reports
14.1
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
14.3
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
14.4
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
14.5
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
14.b
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
14.c
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
2020
Achievement of the good environmental status of EU Member States' marine waters
Other, please specify
Support to policy and legislative development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement, including to and through Regional Seas Conventionss
Basic information
Time-frame: NA - NA
Partners
EU Member States of various European marine regions and countries which share the same marine waters, in cooperation with Regional Seas Conventions
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, delegation-new-york@eeas.europa.eu, +1 (212) 292 8600
Brussels, Belgium
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