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Bolieiro highlights the Azores' leading role in protecting the oceans

President of the Regional Government talked about anticipating European goals for sea protection during the United Nations Ocean Conference

Bolieiro highlights the Azores' leading role in protecting the oceans

Autor: Rui Jorge Cabral

The president of the Regional Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, considers that the region plays a leading role in protecting the oceans, by accelerating the goals set by the European Union regarding the protection of the seas.

Quoted in a press release, José Manuel Bolieiro spoke in Lisbon at the United Nations Ocean Conference, stating that “we will continue to lead by example, by bringing forward to 2023 the objectives set for 2030” with regard to the establishement of marine protected areas.

The President of the Regional Government of the Azores spoke as part of a panel entitled “Leading by doing: Latest large-scale actions and new announcements on ocean conservation to achieve 2030 goal”, having also taken the opportunity to challenge the representatives of dozens of countries present at the conference to visit the Azores and to establish direct contact with “sustainable economic development combined with nature protection”.

José Manuel Bolieiro also spoke of the various animal species that inhabit the Azores seas and recalled that the sea of the archipelago represents 56% of the Portuguese maritime space, being one of the largest exclusive areas in Europe.


That is why, said José Manuel Bolieiro, “we are proud to have always protected the treasures of nature”, adding that “the Azores participate in this Ocean Conference as leaders”.
"Our background gives us worldwide prestige in ocean preservation and conservation. But we also want to lead the 2030 agenda, anticipating by 2023 the goal of having 30% of our sea as a marine protected area: 15% fully protected, 15% partially protected", said José Manuel Bolieiro.

José Manuel Bolieiro spoke in a panel moderated by the president of the Blue Ocean Foundation, Tiago Pitta e Cunha, and which also included the Minister for Environment and Climate Action, Duarte Cordeiro, the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, and the administrator of the Blue Ocean Foundation, Emanuel Gonçalves.

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