Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
The BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (BLUEMED SRIA) provides the tool to develop the BLUEMED Initiative. The BLUEMED SRIA outlines a set of key challenges for the Mediterranean and particularly knowledge gaps, specific activities enabling the blue growth as well as measures for capacity creation and skills’ enhancement. Sectors of interest include ecosystems, climate change, biotechnologies, aquaculture, fisheries, tourism, shipbuilding, transportation, observing systems, data, off-shore platforms, cultural heritage, spatial planning.
The BLUEMED SRIA targets relevant research and innovation players and public and private stakeholders such as national ministries, regional authorities, international organisations, research organisations, research infrastructures, academia, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and the general public. To exploit all opportunities that can lead to blue jobs and growth, the SRIA allows for different types of action to be undertaken at different levels, with regard to geographical coverage, critical mass, joint funding, coordination of national and regional efforts or the use of EU instruments.
BLUEMED aims to consolidate, regularly update, define priorities and definitively implement the SRIA.
The first release, dated October 2015, is the result of a consultation process at national level. In April 2017, the updated version was published. The present version, updated in December 2018, is the result of the work of the four BLUEMED platforms and incorporates the contributions of non-EU stakeholders involved in the process.