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  • Video: Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas as nature-based solutions to CC

    Posted on 05/06/2019

    Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have an important role in providing ecosystem services, mitigating the impacts of climate change and increasing ecological and socioeconomic resilience of biodiversity and surrounding coastal communities. Increasing the number of MPAs and developing appropriate management actions within them are essential to maintain the natural resilience of marine habitats against climate change impacts in the Mediterranean. Watch the video produced by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIytHdaHgVk&feature=youtu.be

  • International MEDCOAST Congress 2019

    Posted on 30/05/2019

    The Fourteenth International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management and Conservation will be celebrated on 22 - 26 October 2019, in Marmaris, TURKEY. The MEDCOAST congress in Marmaris (Turkey) is the fourteenth event of the biennial series that was started in 1993 for contributing to coastal and marine sciences, engineering, management and conservation particularly in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Since the first event in 1993 (Antalya, Turkey), the MEDCOAST congress series have travelled around the (...) Read more.

  • G7 Marine Litter Workshop Metz: Conclusions and Recommendations

    Posted on 30/05/2019

    Representatives of G7 Countries, Regional Seas Conventions and Programmes to which G7 Countries are party, and a number of stakeholders from intergovernmental mechanisms, civil society, and industry, met in Metz, France, on 5 and 6 May 2019 on the occasion of the “Workshop on the G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter in Synergy with the Regional Seas Conventions”. The event was organized by the French G7 Presidency and the UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan–Barcelona Convention Secretariat, with the generous support (...) Read more.

  • New EASME Call on MSP: Deadline 04 September 2019

    Posted on 14/05/2019

    This is an EU call for grants in the area of Maritime Spatial Planning under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This call for proposals is launched in accordance with the 2019 Work Programme for the implementation of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) (section 1.2.1.8 of the annex to the Work Programme). Specific Challenge: The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued (...) Read more.

  • Towards a Blue Revolution: A TNC and Encourage Capital Report

    Posted on 09/05/2019

    The Nature Conservancy and Encourage Capital have partnered to create a guide to impact investing in sustainable aquaculture, launched today. This guide represents the first-ever attempt to comprehensively assess the potential of sustainable aquaculture through both an environmental and financial perspective. The recently published guide identifies three attractive impact investment opportunities which can help drive more environmentally friendly production, adding up to a rare opportunity for investors to generate compelling financial returns. These are: 1. Seaweed and bivalve systems 2. (...) Read more.

  • Initial findings of HERMES project presented at International Conference in Athens, Greece

    Posted on 03/05/2019

    Democritus University of Thrace team headed by Professor Georgios Sylaios will present the work carried out in the frame of the HERMES project in the 1st International Scientific Conference of the Design and Management of Harbor, Coastal and Offshore Works (http://www.dmpco.gr/index.html) which will take place in Athens, Greece 8-11 May 2019. The Abstract below gives an excellent introduction to the thrust of argument that will be presented and which was developed in the 18 months that the HERMES project activities (...) Read more.

  • Africa Blue Economy Forum 2019 to be held in Tunis

    Posted on 02/05/2019

    ABEF is about bold new thinking to accelerate Africa’s structural transformation and create jobs for a young population on the rise. The first Africa Blue Economy Forum was hosted in London on 8th June 2018 to raise awareness on the unique potential of the oceans to accelerate Africa’s sustainable development. Based on last year’s recommendations which were compiled in the ABEF2018 Report, Blue Jay Communication is organising the second edition of the Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) which will take (...) Read more.

  • Blue Economy WestMED Hackathons: May 14, Palermo

    Posted on 02/05/2019

    The European Commission and the Co-Presidency of the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean are holding the event Hackathons WestMED: "Blue economy contribution to the Summit of the Two Shores” on Tuesday 14 May 2019 in Palermo, Italy. The event aims to facilitate the exchange of project ideas and promote concrete project development among stakeholders in the region operating in the maritime sector (businesses, researchers, institutes, national and local authorities belonging to the (...) Read more.

  • EUSAIR Stakeholder Platform Now Available Online

    Posted on 12/04/2019

    The EUSAIR stakeholder platform is conceived as the most important tool of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR) to increase stakeholder engagement, coordination and implementation process. The Platform is managed by Marche Region - Integrated Planning, International Activities, Trade and Cooperation Department - in the framework of the strategic project “Supporting the governance of the EUSAIR: Facility Point””. Through the Stakeholder Platform stakeholders, project beneficiaries and interested public will have the opportunity to interact and cooperate with EUSAIR (...) Read more.

  • Maritime & Blue Logistics Startup Weekend

    Posted on 12/04/2019

    Maritime & Blue Logistics Startup Weekend 54 hours is all you need to disrupt in the maritime logistic sector, today! Do you have an idea you would like to pursue or a problem you would like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? For the first time, we will organize a Startup Weekend dedicated entirely to maritime and blue logistics. Barcelona has one of the biggest ports in Spain and therefore we want to (...) Read more.

  • Massive Open Online Course on Marine Litter - April 29

    Posted on 12/04/2019

    Registration is open and inaugural class will take place on 29 April 2019 at the Open University of the Netherlands. On April 29th, 2019, the Open University of the Netherlands will have the inaugural class of its newest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Marine Litter. The course will be available in all UN languages, making a global issue available to a global audience. The course content is tailored to the different regions of our planet. The previous Marine Litter (...) Read more.

  • Valencia hosts the first Blue Energy Lab of the region

    Posted on 12/04/2019

    On 25th February more than thirty entities, companies and people interested in renewable energies, have met in Valencia Port to discuss about the potential of the Mediterranean to take advantage of marine resources and obtain clean energy in the first Blue Energy Lab (BEL) of the Valencia Region. Throughout the morning several presentations and round tables have been developed in which experts have analysed the possibilities of the Valencian coast for the implementation of infrastructures that allow to take advantage (...) Read more.

  • NEW ERA-NET COFUND ON THE BLUE BIOECONOMY

    Posted on 05/04/2019

    The COFUND is the result of a collaboration between JPI Oceans and the former ERA-NETS COFASP and ERA MBT and consists of 27 partners from 16 countries. The main objective of the COFUND is to establish a coordinated R&D funding scheme that will strengthen Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy. The first co-funded call launched 17 December 2018. The COFUND partners have committed EUR 23,5 million, which will make up a maximum total budget of EUR 30 million including EUR (...) Read more.

  • Key learnings from the Blue Bioeconomy Forum March working groups

    Posted on 05/04/2019

    The Blue Bioeconomy Forum held its second working group meeting on 11 and 12 March in Brussels. Participants attended four half-a-day sessions dedicated to each working group: Policy, Environment and Regulation; Finance and Business Development; Consumers and Value Chains; Science, Technology and Innovation. These discussions were instrumental in gathering more insight on the key challenges and ways forward identified over the last year, finding the good examples to illustrate potential solutions. As we are about to launch the next phase (...) Read more.

  • Save the Date: Blue Bioeconomy Forum Second Conference

    Posted on 05/04/2019

    Blue Bieoconomy Forum second stakeholder event will take place in Brussels on 25 June. At this conference the European roadmap for the blue bioeconomy will be presented and discussed. You can contribute to the roadmap, get informed on the most important challenges and suggested solutions (on policy, environment and regulation; finance and business development; value chain, markets and consumers; and science, technology and innovation) and get in contact with other professionals working in or interested in the blue bioeconomy. You (...) Read more.

  • EASME Call for tender Blue Economy Development Framework

    Posted on 28/03/2019

    EASME has launched a call for tender on Blue Economy: EASME/2019/OP/0008 Design and Implementation of a Blue Economy Development Framework. The deadline for presentation of offers is 26 April 2019. More detailed information can be found here: https://ted.europa.eu/TED/notice/udl?uri=TED%3ANOTICE%3A125844-2019%3ATEXT%3AEN%3AHTML

  • WestMED first call for proposals: 41 projects approved for funding

    Posted on 28/03/2019

    During its last meeting which took place for the very first time in Cairo (Egypt) on 29-30 January 2019, the Joint Monitoring Committee (decision-making body of the ENI CBC Med Programme composed of the representatives of 13 participating countries) approved a list of 41 projects recommended for funding by the Projects Selection Committee. Based on the quality of the proposals assessed, the Joint Monitoring Committee has decided to increase the budget of the call, within the 20% limit set by (...) Read more.

  • European Maritime Day

    Posted on 28/03/2019

    The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. A specific focus will be put on research and innovation for a plastic-free ocean. The EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders from Academia, NGOs, businesses, governments and public institutions. Stakeholders will find the EMD (...) Read more.

  • Kick-off meeting with the WestMED Italian National Hub

    Posted on 28/03/2019

    On Monday 25 February the kick-off meeting with the WestMED Italian National Hub was held in Rome, at the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hosted by the WestMED National Coordinators for Italy, notably the Department of Cohesion within the Italian Presidency of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting gathered about 40 organisations amongst Regional Authorities, National Ministries and other relevant stakeholders for the Blue Economy in Italy. The kick-off meeting was aimed to introduce the (...) Read more.

  • Launch of a new initiative on Maritime Spatial Planning

    Posted on 28/03/2019

    UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the European Commission launched MSPGlobal, a new global project on maritime spatial planning, on 11 and 12 February at UNESCO Headquarters. The project aims to promote better maritime spatial planning with a view to avoiding conflicts and improving the governance of human activities at sea such as aquaculture, tourism, marine energy, and exploitation of the seabed. More detailed information can be found here: http://www.westmed-initiative.eu/launch-of-a-new-initiative-on-maritime-spatial-planning/

  • Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services - Taking into account the value of ecosystem benefits in the Blue Economy

    Posted on 28/03/2019

    There is a growing attention for the impact of the ocean economy in the European landscape. In order to plan for a sustainable Blue Growth, to manage ocean and coastal ecosystems, and to deal with the effects of climate change; ocean management and planning decisions need to better incorporate the value of marine ecosystem services and natural capital. The European Marine Board has published a Future Science Brief highlighting current thinking in ecosystem service valuation for the marine environment. The (...) Read more.

  • WestMED stakeholders’ workshop held in Agadir Morocco

    Posted on 28/03/2019

    A WestMED workshop was held at the Salon Halieutis, on the 22nd February 2019. It was attended by more than a hundred persons coming from private and public sectors, fishermen, fishery Department, students, and other blue economy stakeholders. The event aimed to promote and to present the WestMed Initiative and its implementation in Morocco. Besides the organization of the workshop, the assistance mechanism was, since the beginning of Halieutis Salon present and continuously active at the EU Delegation stand, in (...) Read more.

  • Agenda of the Information Session on Marine Litter

    Posted on 22/03/2019

    Information Session on Marine Litter and Final Annual Project Meeting of Facility for Regional Policy Dialogue on Integrated Maritime Policy March 26th, 2019 – Thon EU, Brussels Draft Agenda 08:30 – 09:00 Registration 09:00 – 09:15 Opening Session European Commission Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat 09:15 – 11:15 Information session on Marine Litter (speakers tbd) 11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break 11:45 – 12:00 Facility project – brief remarks by: Mrs. Federica Pesce, DG NEAR, European Commission (5min) Mr. Christos Theophilou, (...) Read more.

  • Agenda of the 5th Meeting of the UfM Working Group on the Blue Economy

    Posted on 22/03/2019

    Agenda of the 5th Meeting of the UfM Working Group on the Blue Economy, Conference Centre Albert Borschette (CCAB), 36 rue Froissart, Brussels 25 March 2019 09:00 – 09:30 Registration of participants 09:30 - 11:00 Opening (by the co-Presidency) Adoption of the agenda Tour de table on progress made on developing maritime policy, blue economy, and cross-sectorial coordination at national level (by focal points of the UfM Countries) 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break 11:30 – 13:00 Key outcomes of the (...) Read more.

  • CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission seals the Mediterranean Cooperation Alliance

    Posted on 22/02/2019

    The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) has given its full backing to key plans for a territorial alliance aimed at developing a long-term strategy to build a sustainable future for all citizens in the Mediterranean. The ‘Mediterranean Cooperation Alliance Joint Declaration’ was signed by political representatives from five Mediterranean organisations – including the IMC, the Euroregion Pyrénées-Méditerranée (EPM), MedCities, Latin Arc, and the Adriatic-Ionian Euroregion – at a major international seminar on ‘The Future of the Mediterranean Region after 2020’, held (...) Read more.

  • CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission sets MITOMED+’s Capitalisation activities

    Posted on 22/02/2019

    The MITOMED+ project’s 12th project meeting was held in Girona (Spain) on 24/25 January. The project partners met at the University of Girona to take stock of actions to date and discuss the project’s progress and continuity. The project partners presented the ongoing activities in their own territory, which are being finalised. The indicators and platform guidelines were also further tested to avoid any misunderstanding and ensure the platform’s quality for wider replication. The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission (IMC), coordinator of (...) Read more.

  • International Conference “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean"

    Posted on 06/02/2019

    DGPM is pleased to announce the international conference on Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean: Observatories and Knowledge Networks promoted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in cooperation with the Republic of Portugal, under the kind chairmanship of Ms. Ana Paula Vitorino Portugal’s Minister of the Sea and Mr. Manuel Heitor Portugal’s Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, which will be held on 14 February 2019 at the Auditorium of IPMA, Lisbon/Algés, Portugal. Organized by OECD, the (...) Read more.

  • SAVE THE DATE: High-level conference on MedFish4Ever initiatives

    Posted on 01/02/2019

    The conference will assess progress made towards the Malta Declaration and will renew commitment towards achieving the targets therein. Special focus will be placed on topics relating to social development for small-scale fisheries, decent work and the celebration of the international day for the fight against IUU fishing. The conference will take place on 11-12 June 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco. Formal invitations and detailed program will be circulated shortly. More information on the conference will come soon.

  • BlueInvest turns to Mediterranean to kick-start growth in ocean economy

    Posted on 31/01/2019

    BlueInvest, the high-profile event from the European Commission to promote investment in the ocean economy, has set foot in Malta on January 24, 2019. The concept is tried and tested: 20 innovative companies pitched for the hand – and wallet – of a jury of investors. And as their projects are all about greening and cleaning the economy, the winners are not just the companies landing a contract, but also society at large. Detailed information on the event can be (...) Read more.

  • Survey launched on 'European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism

    Posted on 24/01/2019

    The European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism is celebrating its 5th anniversary since the adoption of its Communication in February 2014. The Strategy sets out several priority areas and lists 14 actions to overcome gaps in skills, seasonality, environmental pressures, route to funding and other shortcomings, in order to stimulate the sector's performance and competitiveness. It provides a framework for the development of coastal and maritime tourism within Europe, focusing on four priority areas (...) Read more.

  • Recordings available - MSP for Blue Growth Webinar Series

    Posted on 24/01/2019

    The MSP Platform organized a webinar series on the MSP for Blue Growth Study. The 2018 study gives information on how maritime spatial planning (MSP) can assist Member States to foster the potential for sustainable Blue Growth. Maritime spatial planning represents a key instrument for Blue Growth and can contribute to the aim of giving a boost to economic growth on the basis of a new maritime paradigm founded in sustainability, innovation, competitiveness and knowledge. The MSP for Blue Growth (...) Read more.

  • List of GFCM meetings for 2019 already available

    Posted on 24/01/2019

    The list of the meetings to be held by GFCM along the year 2019 is already available for the public. You can access the list under the link below (previous registration required): https://gfcm.sharepoint.com/SecPortal/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?id=%2FSecPortal%2FShared%20Documents%2FIntersession_2018-2019%2FLIST%20OF%20GFCM%20MEETINGS%20FOR%202019%2Epdf&parent=%2FSecPortal%2FShared%20Documents%2FIntersession_2018-2019&p=true&slrid=64e2b89e-409b-0000-59b4-2992fb81f97b

  • Banking on the blue economy – How to accelerate impact-oriented investments in Blue Growth

    Posted on 24/01/2019

    The blue economy is changing rapidly. Traditional activities such as transport, fishing and shipbuilding still employ over 5 million people but the fastest growth is in activities and value chains that did not exist ten years ago – renewable energy, biotechnology, biorefinery etc. The session will provide an overview on investment gaps and opportunities in the blue economy and financial sources available, with a particular focus on financial instruments. It will also present a new DG MARE initiative (‘BlueInvest platform’) (...) Read more.

  • First Forum on fisheries science in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

    Posted on 14/01/2019

    More than 450 experts and scientists from 45 countries as well as from several international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders gathered at FAO headquarters, in Rome, from 10 to 14 December to discuss the state of the art of fisheries science in the region and identify research priorities for the coming decade. This event, organized by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, was the first of this kind for the region, encompassing oceanographic, social science and economic perspectives (...) Read more.

  • A new Bureau for the GFCM

    Posted on 14/01/2019

    In the mark of the forty-second session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), which was resumed on Friday 14 December 2018, the GFCM elected its new Bureau for a two-year renewable mandate. Roland Kristo, from Albania, was appointed as GFCM Chairperson. Mr Kristo holds a PhD from the Agricultural University of Tirana and has a 22-year experience in the fisheries sector. In addition to serving as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, he is also the (...) Read more.

  • World Ocean Summit 2019

    Posted on 21/12/2018

    The sixth World Ocean Summit will strive to build greater collaboration across regions and connect the world to new ideas and perspectives. Taking place in March 2019, this world-renowned event will take place in the Middle East for the first time – a region often overlooked in ocean discussions. More information on the event here: https://www.woi.economist.com/world-ocean-summit/

  • Webcast available: The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries 2018

    Posted on 21/12/2018

    The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi 2018), published by FAO-GFCM, was launched on December 11th. This report provides a comprehensive overview of recent trends in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries showcasing information on fishing activities, socio-economic impacts, marine resources and efforts to sustainably exploit fisheries. During the launch, salient issues of the report were presented, followed by discussions on the role of fisheries for coastal communities and on how to better integrate existing knowledge into decision-making in (...) Read more.

  • Towards concrete ‘blue’ actions in the western Mediterranean

    Posted on 18/12/2018

    The European Commission and the Co-Presidency of the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean organised the “Stakeholder conference: Towards concrete ‘blue’ actions in the western Mediterranean”, on Monday 3 December 2018 in Algiers, Algeria. The conference aimed to facilitate the exchange of project ideas and to promote concrete project development among stakeholders in the region operating in the maritime sector (businesses, researchers, institutes, national and local authorities belonging to the western Mediterranean Countries). (...) Read more.

  • ‘Blue Economy: The Blue Way of Life’ Conference held in Barcelona

    Posted on 13/12/2018

    The Blue Growth Community, driven by the InnoBlueGrowth project (Interreg Med), organized its transnational Mid-Term Conference ‘Blue Economy: The Blue Way of Life’ on 22-23 November 2018, in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was co-organised by the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission (IMC), under the coordination of the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and all other InnoBlueGrowth project partners (CoNISMa, Plan Bleu, NTUA, University of Montenegro). The Blue Growth Community aims to build a real community of projects (...) Read more.

  • Initial outline for the Estonian MSP now available

    Posted on 13/12/2018

    The English version of the initial outline for the Estonian MSP and the memorandum of intention to conduct impact assessment is now available. The document will also be shared with Baltic Sea countries for their information. The document constitutes the initial outline for the Estonian maritime spatial plan (MSP) and the memorandum of intention to conduct impact assessment, including strategic environmental assessment (SEA) initiated by the order of the Government of the Republic on 25 May 2017. The purpose of (...) Read more.

  • Workshop: The MSP Directive in the maritime national scenario held in Italy

    Posted on 13/12/2018

    On Monday, the 19th of November 2018, national workshop “The MSP Directive in the maritime national scenario. Multilevel governance in the EUSAIR context” took place in Venice. About fifty participants, including representatives of local authorities, military and scientific institutions, representatives of the productive sectors operating within the maritime space, discussed the opportunities that the transposition of the EU directive on Maritime Spatial Planning offers to promote the development of the Blue Economy, reduce conflicts between sectors and optimize the use (...) Read more.

  • Declaration Algiers: Western Mediterranean countries Meeting

    Posted on 07/12/2018

    Ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries, at the presence of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, have adopted a declaration to strengthen maritime regional cooperation under the WestMED initiative. This initiative promotes the sustainable blue economy in the Western Mediterranean, and involves 10 countries from in and outside of the EU (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia). The 10 countries agreed on a common roadmap for the development of a sustainable blue (...) Read more.

  • BLUEMED CSA Announces 2nd Coordinators’ Meeting: 25th January 2019 in Malta

    Posted on 07/12/2018

    BLUEMED 2nd Coordinators’ Meeting – “Sustaining the lessons learned and enhancing the Bluemed initiative synergies” – will take place in Malta on 25 January 2019. The single day event will revolve around key actions and achievements of funded projects, with a view to tapping the lessons learned within the blue growth community in the Mediterranean, in order to foster the transformation of the Mediterranean basin into a hotspot of innovation.

  • Lisbon will host the second UN Ocean Conference

    Posted on 04/12/2018

    In June 2017, after the inaugural Ocean Conference, the Portuguese Government informed the UN-Oceans conference that Portugal was willing to organize the second edition of the event. It was now confirmed by the Portuguese Ministry of the Sea that the event will take place in Lisbon in June 2020. This means the Portuguese will host two of the most important marine events in back-to-back years. As previously announced by the Council of the European Union, Lisbon has also been chosen (...) Read more.

  • The Nairobi Statement of Intent on Advancing the Global Sustainable Blue Economy

    Posted on 04/12/2018

    Inspired by the unique global opportunity to build greater prosperity for all while protecting these water resources for the present and future generations, over 18,000 participants from across the world including Heads of State and Government, Ministers and high level representatives, Mayors and Governors, representatives of international organizations, the business community, the private sector, women and youth, Indigenous peoples, community based organizations, philanthropic, academic, scientific and research institutions, as well as civil society, had strategic conversations during the first ever (...) Read more.

  • Blue Bioeconomy Forum, 07th December in Amsterdam

    Posted on 04/12/2018

    This forum is organized for industries, public agencies, financial organizations, researchers and civil society, working on or interested in the Blue Bioeconomy of the EU – aquatic and marine environments. During the event, the current status of the emerging Blue Bioeconomy in Europe will be discussed as well as the identification of strategic developments, market opportunities, financing possibilities, and research priorities. In addition, the challenges for the sustainable production of food, non-food and feed in the Blue Bioeconomy sector will (...) Read more.

  • 3rd Edition of the Blue eco forum 2018 held in Barcelona

    Posted on 26/11/2018

    The third edition of the Blue eco forum was held on November 16th in Barcelona, Spain, with the objectives of reflecting, debating and showing good practices for the integration of the ecosystem approach in the maritime spatial planning of tourism in the Levantino-Balear region. State and Autonomous Communities institutional representatives, together with experts from different disciplines discuss the role of Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management as tools for tourism sustainability governance. They highlight the importance of integrating coastal-maritime (...) Read more.

  • Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019 - PITCH APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to 28 November

    Posted on 20/11/2018

    Dear blue economy stakeholders of the Med, We are glad to announce that the deadline to apply to pitch your blue economy products or services at the "Blue Invest in the Mediterranean" event has been extended to 28 November. Details regarding the event (registration to participate, application to pitch etc.) are available at: https://blue-invest-mediterranean.b2match.io/ Looking forward to seeing you in Malta on 24 January 2019, Christos Theophilou DG MARE - Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

  • Global High Level Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy & the Mediterranean side event

    Posted on 08/11/2018

    Kenya is set to host the first ever Global High-Level Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy. The Conference will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi on 26-28 November 2018. Over 4,000 participants from around the world will meet to learn how to build a blue economy that i) harnesses the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and Indigenous peoples; ii) leverages the (...) Read more.

  • Stakeholder Conference: Towards concrete ‘blue’ actions in the western Mediterranean

    Posted on 06/11/2018

    The European Commission and the Co-Presidency of the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean are glad to invite you to attend the "Stakeholder conference: Towards concrete ‘blue’ actions in the western Mediterranean", which will take place on 3 December 2018 in Algiers (Algeria). The event aims to facilitate the exchange of project ideas and promote concrete project development among stakeholders in the region operating in the maritime sector (businesses, researchers, institutes, national and (...) Read more.

  • Blue Invest in the Med, January 2019, Malta

    Posted on 31/10/2018

    Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019 A match-making event that brings together innovators and the financial community to sustainably develop the Blue Economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin, while protecting its marine resources. Following the successful Blue Invest event of May 2018 in Brussels, and within the context of our work on blue investment, the European Commission (DG MARE) is hosting the “Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019” event. It will take place on 24 January 2019 in Malta and (...) Read more.

  • Interreg MED Programme_3rd call for project proposals

    Posted on 17/10/2018

    The Interreg MED Programme will open its 3rd call for project proposals at the beginning of November 2018. It will stay open until late January 2019. The budget allocation for this call is approximately 30M€ (ERDF + IPA). The call will be focusing on: 1) Blue Growth: focusing on maritime clusters; 2) Sustainable Tourism: focusing on insularity and low density areas; 3) Biodiversity protection: focusing on Marine Protected Areas. Project budgets will vary between 2,5M€ and 4M€. The application process (...) Read more.

  • Blue Economy call: €18.7 million available for funding

    Posted on 16/10/2018

    The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call of a total budget of €18,7 million. The call focuses on 3 topics: Blue Labs, Blue Careers and Blue Economy. You can receive up to 80% co-financing for your project (65% for Blue Economy topic). The call opens for submissions on 23 October 2018 and applications can be submitted via the "Funding and opportunity Portal" until 31/01/2019. More information on: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/blue-economy-call-187-million-available-funding

  • Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019

    Posted on 15/10/2018

    Following the successful "Blue Invest" event of May 2018 in Brussels, and within the context of its work on blue investment, the European Commission (DG MARE) is hosting the “Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019” event. It will take place on 24 January 2019 in Malta and will gather approximately 300 participants interested in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin. Following a similar approach to that of the May 2018 Blue Invest event, promoting investment in an innovative (...) Read more.

  • Artificial Intelligence algorithms reveal underwater life in the Mediterranean

    Posted on 11/10/2018

    Which factors determine the distribution and presence of benthic macrophytes at the bottom of the Mediterranean? How do environmental conditions and humans affect and regulate the distribution of various marine flora species? What conditions favor the expansion of Posidonia oceanica at certain areas of the seabed? Answers to these questions are provided by an innovative study, just completed by the scientific team of the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) in the framework of the EU-funded ODYSSEA research project. The DUTH (...) Read more.

  • 2018 Blue Sea Land

    Posted on 09/10/2018

    In the framework of the event "2018 Blue Sea Land" (4-7 October, Mazara del Vallo, Italy) the UfM Secretariat organized the thematic panel “Marine litter and biodiversity: Plastic Busters MPAs in action in the Mediterranean”. The panel focused on the Mediterranean answer to the global problem of marine litter and, as such, share experience on how national and regional stakeholders can work together, in a coordinated manner and in their various capacities, to address one of the most serious threat (...) Read more.

  • Forum de la Mer - Bizerte 2018

    Posted on 20/09/2018

    La première édition du Forum de la Mer - Bizerte 2018 s’inscrit dans le cadre de La Saison Bleue, projet ambitieux rassemblant près de 150 évènements dans tous les domaines mettant en valeur le littoral tunisien. Le Forum de la Mer - Bizerte 2018, rencontres euro-méditerranéennes de l’environnement et de l’économie bleue, se tiendra les 20 et 21 octobre à l’hôtel Andalucia de Bizerte. Ce Forum s’articulera autour de deux journées d’échanges entre experts et de rencontres avec le grand (...) Read more.

  • ODYSSEA Project sets to provide a big picture of the Mediterranean Sea

    Posted on 05/09/2018

    Ocean-related activities in the Mediterranean Sea generate an annual economic value of US$450 billion,making it the 5th largest economy in this region in terms of GDP, according to a report published last year by WWF and the Boston Consulting Group. The importance of the Mediterranean is illustrated by the fact that although the sea makes up less than 1 percent of the world’s ocean, it comprises 20% of the world’s Gross Marine Product. Moreover, it is a broadly accepted estimation (...) Read more.

  • ODYSSEA getting in gear for pioneer Summer School session

    Posted on 15/08/2018

    The EU-fundedODYSSEA Project is getting ready to host its first summer school, on Operational Oceanography for Science, Business and Society, to be held at the campus of the Akontisma Village Hotel, NeaKarvali, near Kavala, Greece, between September 3 and 12, 2018. To date, 23 qualifying trainees from ten countries from all over the Mediterranean and beyond have registered, and several dozen more expressed interest. “The programme intends to train oceanographers and engineers, young researchers, PhD candidates or professionals at the (...) Read more.

  • BLUEMED National Consultation Days

    Posted on 31/07/2018

    "We stress the importance of structuring Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in marine and maritime sectors to encompass a broad range of objectives comprising the creation of new, blue jobs and social well-being while also being mindful of sustainable development and the preservation of the environment in the Mediterranean area » declared at La Valletta UfM R&I Ministers, together with the EU Commissioners, a year ago. After the set-up of the Group of Senior Officials BLUEMED Working Group as new governing body of (...) Read more.

  • SwitchMed Connect 2018

    Posted on 27/07/2018

    Leading start-ups and entrepreneurs, industry agents, initiatives, change agents, policy and financial institutions working on applications of productive, circular and sharing economies in the Mediterranean will come together in Barcelona on 13-15 November 2018. The agenda of the SwitchMed Connect 2018 features a unique blend of expert discussions, entrepreneurial stories, best cases and hands-on applications about green and circular economy planning and implementation in the South and North Mediterranean countries. Register now https://switchmedconnect.com/en/

  • Annual Conference_International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME)

    Posted on 25/07/2018

    The 26th annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) will be held in Mombasa (Kenya) on 11-14 September 2018. With the organization of the IAME 2018 conference, the Maritime Economists community not only opens up for the African continent as a major vector of the future development of its sub-discipline within the broader field of transportation and logistics, but also towards the other areas of application that can now be considered and integral part of the maritime (...) Read more.

  • Invitation: Ocean Business 2018 in Lisbon, 18-20 September

    Posted on 23/07/2018

    The Ocean Business 2018 is an international blue industry event that will be held in Lisbon (Gare Marítima de Alcântara), from 18th to 20th of September 2018, which aims to foster networking and debate around sustainable ocean business solutions in all important key areas. The Ocean Business 2018 will focus emergent areas like green shipping, ocean engineering, maritime digitalization, ocean robotics, environmental monitoring and protection, maritime security and safety, but also traditional activities such as fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and leisure. (...) Read more.

  • 2018 Annual Economic Report on EU Blue Economy

    Posted on 18/07/2018

    The 2018 Annual Economic Report on EU Blue Economy, has been published. The report was prepared jointly by the JRC and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE). It intends to measure the trends, performance and progress of the blue economy in Europe by looking into the established maritime sectors (e.g. living resources, marine extraction and oil & gas, ports, warehousing and water projects, shipbuilding & repair, and coastal tourism) but also at some (...) Read more.

  • 4th Meeting of the WestMed Steering Committee

    Posted on 18/07/2018

    The 4th Meeting of the WestMed Steering Committee will be held on 3 October 2018 in Algiers (Algeria). The meeting will have as priorities the adoption of the document summarizing common priorities and, on the other hand, the discussion on the draft Ministerial declaration of the Conference scheduled in December in Algiers.

  • High-level roundtable “When tourism is really welcome? Political and economic solutions to make tourism sustainable”

    Posted on 23/05/2018

    The High-level roundtable is organised by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community on 30 May 2018 (11.30-13.00) in Rome, at the UNINT University. It will gather international actors of tourism industry - from private and public sector - to raise key issues and trends towards a greater sustainability this strategic sector, for the benefit of both travellers and hosting territories. The roundtable will take place in the framework of a two-day international conference “Re-connecting tourism: promoting evidence-based policies for sustainable development” (...) Read more.

  • Call for Strategic Start-up Actions on Blue Growth in the Mediterranean

    Posted on 17/05/2018

    The BLUEMED CSA Consortium is pleased to announce the opening of its Call for Strategic Start-up Actions on Blue Growth in the Mediterranean. The Call is open to entities who are willing to partner up with at least three other organisations from different countries, including one non-EU country and one private enterprise, to conduct a series of meetings leading up to a feasibility, foresight or pilot study on topics that are crucial to the future of Blue Growth in the (...) Read more.

  • Launch of the "TransLogMED" project

    Posted on 15/05/2018

    The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) has launched the “TransLogMED” project at the first Mediterranean Conference on Maritime Transport and Logistics, held on 8-9 May in Ismailia (Egypt), under the auspices of H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of Egypt and in the presence of H.E. Eng. Sherif Ismail, Prime Minister of Egypt, and in partnership with the Suez Canal Authority, the Egyptian Ministry of Transport and the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME). The “TransLogMED” (...) Read more.

  • REGISTRATION OPEN for Kick-off event International Forum for MSP

    Posted on 07/05/2018

    EC DG MARE and IOC-UNESCO are jointly organising the kick-off event on 24-25 May in Brussels, Belgium. The event targets maritime spatial planners from across the world as well as experts directly involved in planning. Plenary sessions are foreseen on European as well as international MSP, and two interactive technical workshops will be organised to explore cross-sector integration and stakeholder involvement in MSP. Registration is open until 14 May: https://rsvp.digitevent.com/international152240359

  • Launch of the UfM labelled project "Plastic Busters"

    Posted on 27/03/2018

    The launch of the UfM labelled-project Plastic Busters will take place in Siena (Italy) on 17 April 2018. The Mediterranean Sea is one of the areas most affected by Marine Litter (ML) in the world. The impacts of ML on marine biota within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), including endangered species such as cetaceans and sea turtles, remain poorly addressed, however it is clear that prevention and mitigation measures are urgently needed. The overall objective of PlasticBusters MPAs project is to (...) Read more.

  • Call for Applications, 1st ODYSSEA Summer School Operational Oceanography for Science, Business and Society

    Posted on 21/03/2018

    Dates and location: Akontisma Hotel, Nea Karvali, Kavala, Greece 3rd - 12th September 2018 The overall objective of the 1st ODYSSEA Summer School is to stimulate a scientific dialogue and create a learning experience about operational oceanography in the Mediterranean context. More precisely, after the end of the program, the trainees, coming from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea basin, will be able to: • Understand the concept of operational oceanography • Use the ODYSSEA project platform for retrieving, managing (...) Read more.

  • APPLY NOW: Summer school on Blue growth in the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean

    Posted on 16/03/2018

    A summer school on blue growth in the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean region, hosted by the Euro-Mediterranean University. Open to all motivated postgraduates from the region. The programme includes distance learning (11.6.2018-15.6.2018), lectures, field trips and counts on participant's active involvement. The summer school is free of charge and free accommodation is offered to participants. More information on http://www.emuni.si/en/education/emuni-summer-school-2018. http://www.emuni.si/en/education/emuni-summer-school-2018

  • INVITATION: European Maritime Day 2018 - 31 May and 1 June 2018

    Posted on 12/03/2018

    The European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Bulgarian EU Presidency and the Municipality of Burgas are happy to invite you to European Maritime Day 2018. The conference will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2018 in Burgas, Bulgaria. EMD 2018 will bring you: i) Up to 20 stakeholder workshops; ii) A political opening with Ministers from Black Sea riparian states; iii) A high-level debate on "Black Sea Big Bang" – how to spur sustainable (...) Read more.

  • SAVE THE DATE - 3rd edition of SwitchMed Connect

    Posted on 02/03/2018

    Whether you joined us in the previous editions or you are new to our growing community, SwitchMed Connect is definitely the best place to dive into the unique ecosystem of eco and social innovations in the Mediterranean. We are now shaping the agenda of the SwitchMed Connect 2018. This will be a very special edition, as this year marks the end of the first phase of the SwitchMed programme. It will be the occasion to connect with some of the (...) Read more.

  • Blue Invest 2018

    Posted on 01/03/2018

    The European Commission is looking for entrepreneurs active in the blue economy to take part in a high-profile event aimed at matching cutting edge companies with public and private investors. #BlueInvest 2018, the first European event of its kind will be hosted by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The event will create bilateral networking opportunities for blue economy entrepreneurs, innovators and investors. In addition, a selection of companies will have the opportunity to pitch their projects (...) Read more.

  • CPMR Intermediterranean Commission

    Posted on 12/02/2018

    After the last meetings held in Naples in November 2017, the Mediterranean regions will gather again in the framework of their CPMR Intermediterranean Commission Working Groups and Political Bureau. The meetings will be held on 14-15 February in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain), back to back with PANORAMED Steering Committee (Interreg MED project on governance). The technical gatherings on the 14th will give the opportunity to discuss on important topics for the Blue Economy such as transports, fisheries, maritime investments, coastal protection, (...) Read more.

  • Blue Invest 2018 – SAVE THE DATE, 17 MAY 2018, BRUSSELS

    Posted on 12/02/2018

    The European Commission is pleased to announce the first match-making event in Europe between companies and investors in the Blue Economy. The OECD projects that the global maritime economy will grow at twice the rate of the mainstream economy by 2030. For Europe, this would mean 10.8 million jobs and nearly 1 trillion euro in turnover. How to take advantage of this potential? How can technology and creativity meet finance? #BlueInvest 2018: a match-making event where i) selected entrepreneurs will (...) Read more.

  • European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    The first-ever European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy was adopted on 16 January 2018 with the aim to transform the way plastic products are designed, used, produced and recycled in the EU. Better design of plastic products, higher plastic waste recycling rates, more and better quality recycling will help boosting the market for recycled plastics. It will deliver greater added value for a more competitive, resilient plastics industry. The Strategy is part of Europe’s transition towards a circular (...) Read more.

  • Plastic Busters for a Mediterranean free from litter

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    “Plastic Busters for a Mediterranean free from litter” is a UfM labeled project whose goal is to effectively tackle the issue of marine litter in the Mediterranean and thus contribute to the de-pollution of the Mediterranean Sea. In January 2018, under the title “Plastic Busters: preserving biodiversity from plastics in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas”, the project was awarded a five million funding by the Interreg MED Programme under Priority Axis 3: Protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources. Over (...) Read more.

  • The Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    The Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) is a two-years advanced master program (120 ECTS) coordinated by a consortium of three high-rates European Universities: University Iuav of Venice, University of Sevilla and University of Azores. The consortium welcomes more than 40 Associated Partners and provides more than 30 international internship positions. Aim of the program is to provide students with a multi-disciplinary background to enable them to become specialists in Maritime Spatial Planning and in related issues. (...) Read more.

  • BiH joins 15 Mediterranean countries under EU strategy for safeguarding Mediterranean fisheries

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Mirko Šarović signed on 26 January 2018 the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, a multilateral strategy, proposed by the European Union, for safeguarding the future of the Mediterranean fishermen and coastal communities. Over 300,000 persons are directly employed on fishing vessels in the Mediterranean, whilst many more indirect jobs depend on the sector. This Declaration represents a practical example of EU’s neighborhood policy, and has so far been signed by (...) Read more.

  • The launch of the first Advanced Master on Sustainable Blue Growth

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    The first edition of the Master in Sustainable Blue Growth organized by the OGS and the University of Trieste has started in January 2018 and will be held in Trieste in three sessions, on March, July and October 2018. The Master is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Growth initiatives. The Master supports the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in (...) Read more.

  • Sustainable Blue Economy

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), launched a call for proposals titled “Sustainable Blue Economy” with a view to accelerate the deployment of the blue economy across Europe while consolidating efforts and recent developments to support the sustainable development of blue economy sectors in the Mediterranean sea basin, including by strengthening the resilience of the marine and coastal ecosystem and taking action for their restoration. For more information https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/sustainable-blue-economy

  • UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    The UfM Conference held in Naples on 29-30 November highlighted the key role of the Blue Economy in sustainable development, jobs creation and investments Read more: http://ufmsecretariat.org/ufm-conference-blue-economy2017/

  • Project “Med Coasts for Blue Growth”

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    In December 2017, the project “Med Coasts for Blue Growth (MEDCOAST4BG )” received the UfM label. The project general objective is to analyze and promote the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in coastal areas particularly or potentially devoted to tourism, taking into consideration climate change effects, sustainable development of tourist activities, and basing its analysis and actions on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). The project, promoted by CPMR Intermediterranean Commission, (...) Read more.

  • 14th Conference of Foreign Affairs ministers of the Dialogue 5+5

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    Algiers hosted the 14th Conference of Foreign Affairs ministers of the Dialogue 5+5 under the theme “Western Mediterranean: promoting an economic, social and inclusive development, shared and sustainable, faced with the common challenges of the region.” The European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn underlined the importance of Maghreb integration, and reiterated the EU commitment in favour of the cooperation with the North African countries in order to face the common challenges of the region. The (...) Read more.

  • DIVECO2

    Posted on 08/02/2018

    DIVECO2 aims to support the sustainable development of the fishery sector in Algeria, with a focus on marine and continental aquaculture. Associations in the field of fisheries and aquaculture in Algeria will attend training sessions held under the EU-funded Economic Diversification Support Programme – fisheries sector. The training – aimed at members of professional organisations and associations – will take place from November to December 2017 and will focus on the themes of project management and associative management.