Representatives from 72 countries and eight organizations linked to ports and shipping have taken on a commitment in Lisbon today to start practicing “blue economy”, reducing waste and ceasing to pollute the seas.
The final declaration of the Oceans Meeting, which brought together hundreds of industry representatives in Lisbon this week, leaves “black-and-white” the way sea traffic is “more environmentally friendly, more efficient and reduce waste,” he told the agency. Lusa, the Portuguese Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino.
“We have concrete solutions on the table that we will turn into action plans. Portugal is already advanced in the matter, other countries are not. What is needed is not more laws, is to fulfill what we already have and is imposed by the United Nations, the Organization Maritime International and the European Union, “he said.
Going for new fuels, reducing the pollutant emissions of sulfur-fueled ships, reducing marine litter and having ports for science and defense of healthy oceans are among the commitments made between ministerial delegations, international organizations and the European Commission .
In the blue circular economy to which the signatories want to turn, “waste is reduced, more efficiency and new industries are created, to close the cycle, using waste and transforming it into raw materials,” said Ana Paula Vitorino.
For example, in the case of fishing, the waste can be transformed into food for the creation of shellfish and algae.
“These are almost civilizational advances,” said Ana Vitorino, who acknowledges that Portugal, as host and with “action plans already approved by the Council of Ministers”, has an increased responsibility.
“We have more responsibility because we have more leadership,” he said.
The commitments of the declaration are based on three main axes: blue circular economy, “green navigation” with reduction of polluting emissions and marine litter and ports as centers of innovative companies and scientific research organizations.
Of the ports, it is expected that they will stimulate “new behaviors” in shipping-based industries, added Ana Paula Vitorino.