Sustainable development of marine potential

A vision on an integrated maritime policy in Europe and the Netherlands

The European seas and oceans, the North and Wadden Sea included, are harbouring an enormous economical and ecological potential. At the same time it is justified to state that pressures on the seas due to human activities are strong and growing stronger. The European Commission is set on developing a European Maritime Policy through which the potential of the European oceans and seas will be optimised. This policy should balance the economical, social and sustainable aspects.