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May 5, 2021

Legal toolkit for river protection can help save the eel

A legal toolkit for river protection was presented at a webinar on 29 April. It was produced by Lawyers for Rivers Iniative to support civil society in the fight for Europe's last free-flowing rivers, and the biodiversity they support.

March 31, 2021

Create Vjosa National Park Now!

In March, NGOs, citizens and activists stepped up efforts to secure protection of one of Europe’s last free-flowing rivers – the Vjosa in Albania. By releasing first a documentary and then a series of photos taken in front of national monuments, such as the Eifeltower, they are calling for European political support.

March 31, 2021

FitHydro – exploring more fish-friendly hydropower

More environmentally friendly hydropower plants are not just about fish, but also about sediments and ultimately about habitats, participants learnt at an international conference about fish-friendly hydropower on 17-18 March. The future should be about a more flexible and dynmic approach, but also about decommissioning.

March 28, 2021

Danish fishers and conservationists jointly propose marine reserves

After months of negotiations, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, DN, and the Danish Fishermen Producer Organisation, DFPO, present a historical proposal for ensuring a significant protection of the Danish sea. The proposal will ensure 10 percent untouched sea – no take Marine Protected Areas – in the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Baltic … Continued

Upcoming events

Public consultation: EU Biodiversity Action Plan for fisheries

Dates: 15 April - 13 May

As part of the European Green Deal and the new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the Commission will be developing a Biodiversity Action Plan for fisheries and marine ecosystems. The action plan will bridge the fisheries and environmental competences of the Union, and is also linked to the reporting under the recently adopted Technical Measures Regulation. It will also be linked with the implementation of other EU environmental legislation, notably the Birds, Habitats and Marine Strategy Framework Directives. The overall objective of this initiative is to concretely exploit the synergies between the fisheries and environmental policies. In making fisheries more sustainable, protecting marine ecosystems and their biodiversity, it will directly contribute to one of the main objectives of the European Green Deal, and it is one of the deliverables announced in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. Roadmap Biodiversity Action Plan for fisheries and ecosystems


IWC Annual Scientific Committee Meeting

Dates: 27 April - 14 May

The 2021 IWC Scientific Committee meeting (SC68C) will be held virtually to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure to SC members.


ICES Baltic Sea Advice Drafting Group (ADGBS)

Dates: 11 - 14 May

Online meeting


European Maritime Day

Location: Den Helder/Virtual, The Netherlands

Dates: 20 - 21 May

The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy. This year, it will be a virtual event run from Den Helder, The Netherlands, co-organised with the City of Den Helder, the Province of Noord-Holland and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. EMD Conference programme 2021 Aside from the Conference, there are over 200 national events taking place across the EU.