On March 19, 2019, Atlantic Cities participated in the high-level conference on the future of our planet in Brussels. The conference was focused on marine pollution and its effect on the economic growth of cities. Several of the speakers highlighted the urgency of combating problems such as the concentration of plastic in the oceans, the loss of biodiversity, overfishing, the increase in temperature and sea level.
Maritime transport was also mentioned as one of those responsible for climate change, especially to the pollution of the oceans; hence the need to develop more efficient means of transport that contribute to the conservation and protection of maritime life.
To minimize and tackle this problem, the development of an integrated blue innovative policy that combines investment in marine research, environmental protection and the establishment of a framework in equal conditions for the fishing fleet throughout the EU is of paramount importance. Therefore, linking environment with innovation is an element to continue executing as well as the awareness that the oceans are a global responsibility. In this context, it is necessary to ensure enough financial resources for the future framework of the Horizon 2020 program in the period 2021-2027.