Seas and oceans cover about 70 percent of the earth’s surface; they don’t know any borders and are global in nature. The global climate balance is decisively determined by the water masses of seas and oceans. Seas and oceans are a source of food and are also of enormous economic importance. More than 40 % of the global population is living at a distance of not more than 100 kilometres from a coast. However, not only for people living in coastal areas, but also for people living in landlocked countries, like Austrians, is the protection of seas and oceans and a careful use of marine resources of utmost importance. One important factor for the protection of seas and oceans is climate protection.
“The marine environment is a precious heritage that must be protected, preserved and, where practicable, restored with the ultimate aim of maintaining biodiversity and providing diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive.” I am supporting this preamble of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive with my political work. Also a landlocked country like Austria can make a decisive contribution.
Austrias Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry,
Environment and Water Management from 2013 to 2017