Wednesday, 25 August 2010
The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The ninth message on 'Coastal ecosystems' was released in late August.
The coastlines of Europe provide vital resources for wildlife whilst also serving a rnage of economic and socail needs. These regions are subject to multiple pressures including degradation of habitats, pollution, overexploatation etc. Over two thirds of coastal habitats and over half of coastal species have an unfavourable conservation status. Integrated and ecosystem-based approaches provide the foundation for sustainable coastal management and development, supporting socio-economic development, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Coordinated action at the global, regional and local levels will be key to sustainable management of coastal ecosystems.