BlueMed documents

In the following you find all the relevant documents produced by BlueMed, resulting from the negotiated efforts to promote sustainable Blue Growth in the Mediterranean Area.

  • SEALINES feasibility studyOn 2 February 2021, the 42 UfM member countries have renewed their political mandate to foster and expand the areas of cooperation on Blue Economy and the 2nd UfM Ministerial Declaration on Sustainable Blue Economy was adopted;

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  • SEALINES feasibility studyThe 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.

    The BlueMed Implementation Plan provides a medium-term operational tool to develop sustainable Blue Economy in the Mediterranean area. This document presents the priority goals and addresses thematic and structuring activities to be developed in order to ignite a transformative process at Mediterranean level.

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  • SEALINES feasibility studyThe final feasibility study of the BlueMed StartUp Action SEALINES, regarding the re-use of offshore infrastructures in order to achieve the green energy transition.

    This feasibility study represents the outcome of the multi-disciplinary approach of Sealines Start-up Action, created by the strong interaction at international level between research centers, stakeholders, and policy makers to achieve results for blue growth according to Research Strategic Agenda goals.

    Whit this aims, the feasibility study considers an abandoned platform, otherwise decommissioned, as the best case to test a hub for scientific research on an integrated “green energy” system.

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  • The BlueMed Italian White Paper: an overview of relevance, obstacles and proposals of the key sectors for a Blue Growth January 2019

    Based on the BlueMed framework and on research and innovation (R&I) priorities established in the Mediterranean by national and EU dedicated programmes, Strategic and Innovation Agendas, and building on the main outcomes of relevant projects and initiatives, this White Paper reviews the present status of the main economic sectors involved in Blue Growth. It also discerns the main obstacles to the achievement of the identified priorities and proposes possible strategies to overcome them, starting from an Italian perspective.

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  • The BlueMed Italian White Paper: an overview of relevance, obstacles and proposals of the key sectors for a Blue Growth January 2019

    Based on the BlueMed framework and on research and innovation (R&I) priorities established in the Mediterranean by national and EU dedicated programmes, Strategic and Innovation Agendas, and building on the main outcomes of relevant projects and initiatives, this White Paper reviews the present status of the main economic sectors involved in Blue Growth. It also discerns the main obstacles to the achievement of the identified priorities and proposes possible strategies to overcome them, starting from an Italian perspective.

    Italian Executive Summary of the complete White Paper.

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  • The BlueMed Italian White Paper: an overview of relevance, obstacles and proposals of the key sectors for a Blue Growth January 2019

    Based on the BlueMed framework and on research and innovation (R&I) priorities established in the Mediterranean by national and EU dedicated programmes, Strategic and Innovation Agendas, and building on the main outcomes of relevant projects and initiatives, this White Paper reviews the present status of the main economic sectors involved in Blue Growth. It also discerns the main obstacles to the achievement of the identified priorities and proposes possible strategies to overcome them, starting from an Italian perspective.

    English Executive Summary of the complete White Paper.

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  • BM SRIA 2018 - coverThe 2018 update of the BlueMed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, drafted by the Group of Senior Officers after the comprehensive and extended work of prioritization conducted among the Mediterranean and European countries.

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  • Valletta Declaration - cover

    The Valletta Declaration on Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation, signed on May 4, 2017, when the Ministers responsible for Research and Innovation from the Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and of the European Union (EU), in the presence of the EU Commissioners Carlos Moedas (responsible for Research, Science and Innovation) and Karmenu Vella (responsible for Environment) agreed on the determination to strengthen Euro-Mediterranean cooperation through research and innovation, in order to to fully tap the potential of economic growth and sustainable development of the Mediterranean.

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  • BlueMed SRIA | Updated April 2017

    This document is the first update of the BlueMed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). It includes relevant information gathered after its publication and launch with the endorsement of the Venice Declaration in October 2015, including through national consultations.

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Publications from the BlueMed Community

In the following you find a selection of notable documents produced by the community dealing with Blue Economy and sustainable Blue Growth.

  • “Today, more than ever, global challenges require global solutions for which research and innovation act as catalysts. The openness in research cooperation that characterises our actions is nevertheless taking place in a transformed global environment. Therefore, we need to promote more assertively a level playing field, reciprocity and the respect of fundamental values and principles. On this basis, we will strengthen our leading role in supporting multilateral research and innovation partnerships to deliver new solutions to green, digital, health and innovation challenges.”

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  • With this Communication, the European Commission presents a new strategy that:
    – reaffirms the EU commitment to lead by example to preserve openness in international research and innovation cooperation, while promoting a level playing field and reciprocity underpinned by fundamental values;
    – strengthens the EU’s leading role in supporting multilateral research and innovation partnerships to deliver new solutions to green, digital, health, social and innovation challenges.

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  • In its third edition, the EU Blue Economy Report continues to analyse the scope and size of the Blue Economy in the European Union. It aims at providing support to policymakers and stakeholders in the quest for a sustainable development of oceans, coastal resources and, most notably, to the development and implementation of polices and initiatives under the European Green Deal in line with the new approach for a sustainable Blue Economy.

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  • In past decades, we have witnessed a succession of strategies and action plans for safeguarding the ocean. While these plans were needed, they have never been fully implemented. In 2008, European governments committed to have “ecologically diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive” by 2020. They are nowhere near achieving this. But the tide is turning. Citizens young and old took to the streets, urging European governments to take global leadership on an ecological transition. In response, the European Commission has committed to ambitious climate and biodiversity strategies that will shift investment and legislation towards a climate-resilient and ecologically diverse future. The ocean must be an integral part of these strategies.

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  • «The blue growth strategy gives special attention to five blue economy sectors, both established and emerging, showing high potential for job creation and innovation, namely: coastal tourism, aquaculture, blue energy, blue biotechnology and seabed mining. (…) This paper looks into the EU policy framework and the different EU initiatives and actions taken in these areas, both by providing an overview of the cross-cutting ‘key enablers’ of the blue economy and by providing an analysis by blue economy sector (excluding however the sectors of coastal protection and maritime defence). Where particularly relevant, the international dimension or the position of the European Parliament is highlighted.»

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