The BlueMed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA)
The BlueMed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (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 SRIA targets relevant research and innovation players and public and private actors of the blue economy such as national ministries, regional authorities, international organisations, research organisations, research infrastructures, academia, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and the general public.
The first release, dated October 2015, was the result of a consultation process at the national levels in the BlueMed member countries. In April 2017, an 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 the non-EU countries involved in the process, following the agreement made by the Euro Mediterranean Group of Senior Officials BlueMed Working Group in Barcelona on October 2018.
It now represents the represents a comprehensive strategy with the views of all stakeholders in the Mediterranean Basin.
STRATEGIC RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENDA (SRIA)
The SRIA definition process
- Identify the needs of marine and maritime communities and align relevant programmes;
- Increase the accessibility of opportunities, funding and facilities;
- Develop joint actions by aligning, planning and programming research and innovation activities at multiple level;
- Engage different stakeholders;
- Fine-tune data, knowledge, capacities and projects;
- Maximise leverage effects of research investments and their influence on public policy;
- Raise awareness on the impacts to the Mediterranean that have been caused by a non-sustainable economic growth on land and at sea.
Challenges and goals for Blue Growth
BlueMed identifies a set of challenges under three pillars, (i) ‘key enabling knowledge’, (ii) ‘key sectoral enablers’, and (iii) ‘enabling technology and capacity creation’ characterized by tight horizontal synergies deemed necessary for sketching economy-driven trajectories. It also highlights cross-cutting themes.
The challenges are reported in the below, while the complete set of goals can be read on the SRIA document.
Key enabling knowledge for the Mediterranean
A. Mediterranean Sea ecosystems: characterize present dynamics, services, resources, vulnerability and resilience to natural and anthropogenic pressures
B. Mediterranean Sea: forecast changes of the basin under climate and anthropogenic pressures and develop services in the field of sustainable adaptation to climate change and plans for mitigation
C. Hazards and protection of coastal areas and open sea in the Mediterranean
D. Innovative blue growth trajectories: biotechnologies, food, and the deep sea and offshore resources
SRIA issues prioritization and implementation plan
The governance of our common Mediterranean Sea in the present circular scenario requires an adaptable co-owned plan of actions, interconnecting science and innovation to policy, citizens and the environment, and addressing multiple dimension, from local to international.
After the last round of updates of the BlueMed SRIA, the Initiative promoted the construction of an implementation plan, based on actions, to reach objectives that will contribute to address the challenges identified in the SRIA.
Issues prioritisation methodology:
The selection method is rigid enough to allow comparable results, and flexible enough to allow countries give their national perspective (priorities can change on social, geographical, economic reasons, etc.).