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EU ocean initiatives set out on global stage

The European Commission has said at an international conference on oceans that it will be spending €182 million on ocean research, including efforts to reduce plastic pollution.

The Commission said it had allocated €100m from the EU’s Horizon 2020 R&D programme to innovation aimed at developing more recyclable plastics, to help reduce plastic pollution. A further €64m has been allocated to marine and maritime research projects starting over the next two years, it said, and €18m to ocean observations.

The allocations, which form part of the EU’s efforts to improve ocean governance, were presented as new announcements at the fifth annual Our Oceans conference held in Bali, Indonesia, on 29 and 30 October. They were included on a list of what the Commission said were 23 new commitments it had made to improve the state of the world’s oceans. These included spending €3.5m on a joint action on marine data with China.  

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