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Pledge in favour of a Clean Atlantic Ocean

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    This pledge is a joint political statement from the 14 regional authorities composing the Atlantic Arc Commission, aiming at placing these regions at the forefront of actions in favour of marine litter prevention and reduction and marine environment health improvements. The pledge is embedded in the work of the Atlantic Arc Commission Ocean Pollution Working Group, piloted by Norte Region, Portugal, and has been approved during the Atlantic Arc Commission General Assembly in May 2022. Inspired by the CleanAtlantic Interreg Area project’s actions, the regions are expressing their ambition to support the development of collaborative initiatives, sustainable blue economy and circular economy, tackling ports pollution and the impact of land activities, dialogue with users of the sea, and more to frame a collaborative framework at contribute to tackle ocean pollution with a holistic approach. The Atlantic Regions are also willing to further connections with EU initiatives and funding, calling for more coordination with the Atlantic Strategy, contribution to Single-Use Plastic and Fishing Gear Directive and Maritime Strategy Framework Directive, EU Cohesion Policy, and equivalent non-EU legislations in the UK as well as links with OSPAR Regional Action Plan for 2022-2030. Through this joint series of key messages, the AAC regions aim to contribute to inspire action and guide policy change trough multi-stakeholder engagement across all economic sectors and groups of society, regarding the prevention and reduction of ocean pollution, and thus contribute to the implementation of SDG 14.
    Partners

    • CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission
    • CCDR do Norte (Local / Regional Government)
    • CCDR de Alentejo (Local / Regional Government)
    • Junta de Andalucía (Local / Regional Government)
    • Principado de Asturias (Local / Regional Government)
    • Région Bretagne (Local / Regional Government)
    • Gobierno de Cantabria (Local / Regional Government)
    • Xunta de Galicia (Local / Regional Government)
    • CCDR de Lisboa e Vale de Tejo (Local / Regional Government)
    • Gobierno de Navarra (Local / Regional Government)
    • Northern and Western Regional Assembly (Local / Regional Government)
    • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Local / Regional Government)
    • Région Pays de la Loire (Local / Regional Government)
    • Gobierno Vasco, Welsh Government (Local / Regional Government)

    Goal 14

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

    Goal 14

    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

    14.1.1

    (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density

    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

    14.2.1

    Number of countries using ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine areas

    14.3

    Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

    14.3.1
    Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations

    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

    14.4.1
    Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

    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

    14.5.1
    Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas

    14.6

    By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation

    14.6.1

    Degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

    14.7

    By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism

    14.7.1

    Sustainable fisheries as a proportion of GDP in small island developing States, least developed countries and all countries

    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

    14.a.1
    Proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology

    14.b

    Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

    14.b.1

    Degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small‐scale fisheries

    14.c

    Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 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"

    14.c.1

    Number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources

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    14.1 <p>By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution</p>
    14.2 <p>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</p>
    14.4 <p>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</p>
    14.5 <p>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</p>
    14.c <p>Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 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"</p>
    Atlantic Arc Commission Pledge in favour of a Clean Atlantic Ocean
    Financing (in USD)
    Dedicate a significant percentage of EU Cohesion policy funds and regional funds for the development of circular economy strategies, nature conservation and restoration initiatives for the protection of the Atlantic Ocean.
    In-kind contribution
    Develop regular joint raising awareness campaigns on ocean pollution, supporting ocean literacy and public engagement to promote a healthy ocean.
    Other, please specify
    Strengthen transnational and cross-border cooperation to prevent and reduce marine pollution. Collaborate with inland regions in the development of regional actions against marine litter.
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    Communities of Ocean Action
    Marine pollution, Sustainable blue economy, Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
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    Ireland
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    Portugal
    Portugal
    Spain
    Spain
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    Rennes, France
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    Elise, Executive Secretary of the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission