The head of the European Parliament's fisheries committee has pledged to address the issue of widespread government failure to manage marine protected areas (MPAs), after a new report revealed less than one sixth of designated seas were subject to any kind of management plan.
Although 12.4% of Europe's territorial waters are officially MPAs – allowing the European Commission to claim the EU has already met the 2020 Aichi biodiversity target for marine protection under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity – only 1.8% are subject to management plans, according to a report published by the WWF on Tuesday.
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