This workshop was organized within the “1st UNION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE ON THE BLUE ECONOMY” which was held in Naples on November 29-30. This cooperation follows the endorsement of the BLUEMED Initiative by UfM and EU Member States in May 2017.
It gave the opportunity to share the SRIA with non-EU Mediterranean countries and collect inputs for updating it. The main outcomes of the workshop are:
- A first view of the strategy of some non-EU countries (Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon) in the field of marine and maritime research and innovation has been provided. It appears that these strategies mostly match the BLUEMED SRIA. The next step will be to continue the dialogue by involving stakeholders from non-EU countries and working at pan-Mediterranean level to share and align priorities
- Some points were particularly highlighted as the importance of fisheries activities, including the tendency to fish in increasingly deep water; the need to design new offshore aquaculture plants; understand the factors that facilitate the entrance and the spreading of alien species in Mediterranean waters; the impact of the plastic debris and garbage patches on marine ecosystems, just to give few examples. The need to develop Marine Spatial Planning was also pointed.
Download the agenda here
Download the presentation you are interested in by clicking on the corresponding link: