The coronavirus pandemic has affected all Mediterranean countries, and for much excessive dependence on tourism can make recovery even more difficult. On World Ocean Day, the World Organisation for Conservation of Nature (WWF) calls on the governments of Mediterranean countries to jointly “Blue Recovery Strategy”. The sea is our key common resource and it is imperative that governments focus on its protection and recovery.
The WWF initiative “Blue Recovery for the Mediterranean”, analysed the environmental and economic aspects of the Mediterranean for 2020. Year. WWF estimates that the blue economy can generate an annual value of 450 billion U.S. dollars, which is more than half of the annual EU Recovery Fund. However, we can only prosper from such an economy as a society if the preservation of the sea, i.e. the preservation of the sea, is not the same. nature protection becomes the norm.
Environmental disasters, increasingly warm climates, extreme weather, refugee crisis, unemployment, pandemic: we can say that the Mediterranean is in a permanent state of emergency. The sea is one of our most important and valuable shared resources and we must invest in its recovery if we are to secure a stable future. The halting of numerous maritime activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic confirmed that by reducing human pressure on the environment, fish stocks can recover. If we want to provide enough resources for the future, bold changes are needed to protect nature and people, said Daniel Kanski, head of marine program at WWF Adria.
In order to achieve “Blue Recovery”, two conditions must be met.
First we must create the conditions for the recovery of the sea. Although the world’s leading scientists say that at least 30% of the sea should be protected, only 1.27% of the Mediterranean is effectively protected. Effective management of marine protected areas is essential for the restoration of fish stocks, the maintenance of fishing and tourism activities and the regulation of the climate.
Then we need to redesign our economic system. WWF analysis for 2020 It shows that all seven main maritime sectors (maritime transport, aquaculture, recreational and sport fishing, small-scale commercial fishing, cruise ships, nautical tourism and offshore wind farms) rely on or compete for the same marine areas, resulting in increasing threats to nature, the economy and people.
It should not be emphasized in particular that the Croatian economy is dependent on the Adriatic Sea and coastal area – primarily through tourism, but also mariculture, fishing and maritime affairs. The way we’ve done business for the last 50 years is damaging and destructive. This approach benefits minorities and individuals, but certainly does not contribute to the preservation of our natural resources, a stable and sustainable economy, and a better life for all our citizens and citizens. A sustainable blue economy offers a range of opportunities that can be applied in all marine sectors. Our sea deserves a better relationship, and if we are good and attentive caregivers, they will pay us back multiple times, says Mosor Prvan of the marine program at WWF Adria.