The Blue community: organisations, projects and policy/strategy references

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Blue community organisations

In the following a non exhaustive list of important organisations which focus on blue-growth related issues.


Union for the Mediterranean

Interreg MED

European Cooperation Programme for the Mediterranean area


The Mediterranean Science Commission


International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies


Knowledge Transfer for Blue Growth


United Nations Environment Programme – Mediterranean Action Plan

Bologna Charter

European Regions Charter for coastal protection and for the promotion of a network of a European Interregional Observatory for the defence of Mediterranean coasts


FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)


Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions

JPI Oceans

Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans

Waterborne Technology Platform

The European research and innovation platform for waterborne industries


European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform


European Technology & Innovation Platform on Wind Energy


Ocean Energy Europe

Blue Repositories

Updated lists of blue projects, actions and news from the Blue Economy community can be consulted at the following platforms and repositories:

  • The Mediterranean Blue Economy Stakeholder Platform (MedBESP) – former Virtual Knowledge Center: a regional networking platform for sharing knowledge and for supporting the development of the blue economy. MedBESP is sn operational tool for a service goal developed by the European Commission – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and currently managed by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).
  • Marine Knowledge Gate: an online repository of marine research Projects profiles and results (Knowledge Outputs – information about the knowledge produced by the research activity in a non-technical language) with funding from the European Union and major national Research Funding and Performing Organisations from 25 European coastal countries, as well as from Regional and International Agencies. Managed by EUROcean.
  • BlueBio Reaserch Projects’ Web-Mapping Apllications: a database of cooperation in fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing, comprising research projects funded at international and national level and active in the time period 2003-2022 (forecasted). Implemented within the ERA-NET COFUND BlueBio.
  • BlueInvest: BlueInvest aims to boost innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy, by supporting readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups. It is enabled by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

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Research Infrastructures

In order to achieve BLUEMED’s objectives identified in the Strategic Agenda, research infrastructures (RI) are key. RI have strongly developed in the past year and cover already a large proportion of the scientific needs of research and innovation communities.

Two major stakes will be addressed during the BLUEMED project: first, sharing RI – how to link and to facilitate collaboration between different scientific domains and stakeholders in order to boost knowledge and innovation; second, long-term sustainability of RI – how to maintain them, how to upgrade their equipment and tools, and how to enhance training of users.

In the following, the BlueMed approach to the issues pertaining Research Infrastructures in the Mediterranean, and a mapping of the existing resources and actors.


RI occupy an important portion of the BlueMed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and are mentioned in the following goals and actions:

1. Research vessels and equipment

4. Satellites and spatial activities

2. Marine based facilities

5. Marine data management

3. Land based facilities

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Policy and strategy references

BlueMed refers to a complex interwoven and multilevel landscape of strategic policies from different institional bodies: notable policies and strategies regarding Blue Growth in the Mediterranean are here divided for convenience into four categories: Strategic EU Blue Frame, Regional Cooperation, Sectoral Policies, Directives and other Regulatory Acts.

The list is by definition incomplete and continuously evolving.


Regional Cooperation

Sectoral Policies


News and announcements from the Blue Community