ASCAME participates in the 1st Blue Growth Community event in Montpellier

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As one of the main partners of the European Project ‘Blue Growth Community’, ASCAME co-organised the project’s first Annual Assembly, held on the 4th and 5th of February in Montpellier. The 2-day event gathered several Blue Growth Community members to move forward in Blue Growth projects and enhance ties with key stakeholders, such as the Mediterranean Regions.

After the success of the 1st phase of the European horizontal project ‘InnoBlueGrowth’, the new ‘Blue Growth Community’ project (2019-2022) organised its first Annual Assembly in the French city of Montpellier to share specialised knowledge on Blue Economy issues, present best practices to address common challenges and keep working together for a sustainable economy in the Mediterranean. Several project partners and some representatives from Mediterranean regions in Albania, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal and Spain, attended this launch event.

The main goal of the ‘Blue Growth Community’ project is to promote capitalisation and communication for Blue Economy Innovation in the Mediterranean, with the aim of achieving two objectives: have a better transfer of modular projects technical results into policy making (in the areas of maritime surveillance, yachting, renewable energies, aquaculture, fisheries, maritime, coastal tourism, etc.) and benefit Blue Economy Development and entrepreneurship.

The first day programme consisted of five specialised panels on relevant topics for Blue Economy: sustainability, synergies and cooperation, harmonisation and reinforcement of coastal and maritime planning, financial instruments and education. All debates conveyed the seven key policy recommendations that emerged from the 3-year work of the former ‘InnoBlueGrowth’ Project.

Interesting conclusions were drawn after the debates, such as the need of a long-term strategy for a sustainable Blue Economy and regional development; the importance of promoting cooperation between MED Clusters; the need of legislation harmonisation and data sharing among MED regions for a better maritime and coastal planning, and the effectiveness of using new communication materials to raise awareness about Blue Economy among a general audience.

The themes tackled in the sessions raised the interest of all Community members and participating stakeholders, while deepening their sense of belonging to the Blue Growth Community. A feeling which precisely increased on the second day with the presentation of the Advisory Board and the introduction of the Blue Growth Community to the new MED Blue Growth projects and attending regions.

 

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