Come to the 1st Conference and Festival for a more Sustainable Mediterranean Sea
The 1st Blue eco forum will be held on Friday 25th of November 2016 at the Maritime Museum in Barcelona. This unique event, co-organized by 4 international environmental NGOs, including EUCC Mediterranean Centre, and supported by several public institutions, will gather more than 30 international speakers and around 200 participants to discuss and promote the sustainability of the Mediterranean Sea.
In particular, the Blue eco forum, labelled as an official Marrakech COP-22 side-event, aims to:
· Reflect on the economic, environmental and social state of the Mediterranean region.
· Debate on the Blue Economy challenges and opportunities.
· Imagine new models of Governance for a better management of the Sea.
· Promote actions and solutions to avoid marine litter and reduce over-fishing.
During the day you will be able to attend high-level plenary debates with international speakers and participate to thematic workshops with relevant experts and policy makers. During the evening educational and cultural activities will be organized aimed at a broader local audience.
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MIO-ECSDE, Medies coordinator, together with 2 more international civil society organisations (eco-union and GEC) have joined forces to shed light on the state of Green Economy in the Mediterranean region through a major study.
To this end, you are welcome to take part in the on-line survey here
in order to identify initiatives and understand perceptions on Green Economy,
open by 31 May 2016 (estimated answering time: 10 minutes, languages: English and French).
The results will be presented mid-July in a public event.
The organisers of the survey, the “Med GE team” are thanking you in advance for contributing to the efforts towards a ‘greener’ Mediterranean economy!
Dates: 4-8 July 2016
Venue: Adriatico Guest House, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Via Grignano n. 9, TRIESTE
Taking into consideration the current economic crisis and the evolving political, social and environmental conditions in the Mediterranean Region, there is a need to put together multidisciplinary actors from different countries, make ideal environment for constructive dialogue (science diplomacy) and create all conditions that include the role of people, economics and policies to attract investments while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between economical growth, social implication and environmental conservation.
Tackling climate change, understanding ecosystem function, managing sustainability: all of these require a much more tangible initiatives and strategies. Hence, the EU Blue Growth initiative represents a long-term strategy to support growth in the maritime sector as a whole by harnessing the untapped potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for jobs creation and economic growth. Establishing appropriate training and mobility opportunities to train new generation of scientists, technicians and operators, in the marine and maritime sectors, equipped with appropriate skills to bridge the gap between scientific research and sustainable development and support the creation of career opportunities in the blue economy represents an important part of this strategy.
Deadline for applications
Applications must be sent before Monday May 2, 2016 at 17:00. Apply here
Regional Action Plan on SCP for the Mediterranean was approved during the meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP19) – UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan that took place from 9th to 12th February 2016 in Athens, Greece.
The adoption of this document represents a great momentum for the Mediterranean since it sets for the first time a common regional action framework to shift toward sustainable patterns of consumption and production. With this decision and the Athens Declaration, Mediterranean countries and the European Union have clearly reinforced their commitment to accelerate this shift.
The SCP Action Plan addresses key human activities which have an impact on the Mediterranean marine and coastal environment. It defines common objectives and identifies actions guiding the implementation of SCP in four priority areas namely Food, fisheries and agriculture; Goods manufacturing; Tourism and Housing and construction. These areas are the main causes of pollution generation and environmental pressures in the region. Click here to download the document.
Pedro Fernández from EUCC Mediterranean Centre talks about this issue arising from CleanSea research at the project final symposium, in Amsterdam, 3rd December 2015.