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Le Hub National Tunisie assisté à un Séminaire sur la Stratégie Nationale pour la Mer et l’Economie Bleue

Le Hub National Tunisie assisté le 26 mars à un Séminaire sur la Stratégie Nationale pour la Mer et l’Economie Bleue, organisé par l’Association des Anciens de l’Institut de Défense Nationale qui a invité le HN pour présenter le projet Westmed et intervenir sur l’économie bleue.

Une centaine de personnes ont assisté au séminaire dont notamment les membres de l’association avec plusieurs ministres, la Secrétaire Générale pour la mer, le Cluster Tunisien et plusieurs associations.

La Secrétaire Générale pour la Mer a présenté les éléments de la nouvelle stratégie tunisienne de l’économie bleue notamment l’encouragement des secteurs émergents dont les énergies renouvelables, la biotechnologie marine et a insisté sur l’élaboration d’un MSP pour bien gérer les espaces et coordonner les activités de la mer en tenant compte de l’aspect environnemental.

D’autres thèmes ont été présentés liés à l’histoire de l’action de l’Etat en mer, l’intégration de l’économie bleue dans les politiques publiques et sectorielles et le rôle du Cluster Maritime Tunisien dans la promotion du développement durable.

Les débats ont été très riches et les présents ont insisté sur la nécessité de l’élaboration rapide de la stratégie de l’économie bleue en Tunisie, la coordination entre les politiques sectorielles afin de limiter les coûts de la non intégration et la prise en compte des préoccupations des associations liées à la mer et à la protection de l’environnement.

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Social and economic regeneration of the Mediterranean after the crisis: Shared methods and tools for relaunching a sustainable post COVID-19 tourism model

Source: UfM website
Date:  15 March 2022

Development dynamics and trends in the Mediterranean, as in the rest of the world, have suffered a severe slowdown since 2020. In many cases, they have taken the form of a sharp reversal following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic crisis that has ensued. The pandemic crisis has weakened economic sectors that are considered vulnerable as they are more than others influenced by different variables. The Mediterranean basin and the countries of the three continents bordering it have not been spared by the crisis, and in this context one of the hardest hit sectors has been tourism.

Consequently, many of the measures adopted by national governments have focused, on the one hand, on income support for workers in the tourism sector and, on the other, on support mechanisms for the activities linked to the sector (directly or indirectly). At the same time, many Mediterranean countries, especially within the framework of multilateral and supranational initiatives, have been preparing recovery plans to tackle the post-pandemic phase and beyond.

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La Blue Economy per la transizione ecologica: il caso dell’isola di Ventotene



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Il Circolo Velico Ventotene  insieme con Mediterranea l Circolo Velico Ventotene, insieme con Mediterranea Viaggi e Cultura e il Gruppo Nuova  Compagnia delle Indie, è impegnato da oltre 35 anni nella realizzazione e nella gestione di progetti ed iniziative tesi a valorizzare nuove for- me di turismo sostenibile sull’Isola di Ventotene, nel Lazio e nel Mediterraneo. Sull’isola di Ventotene in 37 anni di attività sono stati organizzati, corsi, stage, iniziative, convegni, campi scuola a cui hanno partecipato oltre 170.000 persone, fra studenti, docenti e ricercatori

Ventotene, luogo dove è nato il Manifesto per una Europa Federale, è il luogo simbolo di questo ragionare sulla Blue Economy. Punta avanzata di Roma e del Lazio nel Mediterraneo, con il suo porto romano, approdo della flotta imperiale, è stata al centro delle rotte di uomini e animali che attraversano il mare nostrum. Rappresenta infatti una posizione strategica anche per gli uccelli migratori che attraversano l’Africa, il Mediterraneo e l’Europa

Dai primi anni ‘80 sull’isola si sono svolte e si svolgono in modo significativo attività di turismo am- bientale, culturale e sportivo riservate principalmente al mondo della scuola e dell’università, inseribili a pieno ti- tolo in una sperimentazione di Blue Economy. Questa esperienza ha fatto emergere nuove sensibilità nei con- fronti della sostenibilità sia nella po- polazione residente che nei turisti

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WestMED’s Spanish National Hub shares valuable insights at the EU Macro Regional Strategies week

On the 10th of March 2022, the Spanish National Hub of the WestMED Initiative took part as speaker at a workshop organized by DG MARE and DG REGIO within the Macro Regional Strategies week (7 to 11 March 2022). The workshop, entitled as “S3 interregional cooperation on sustainable blue economy: Cross fertilisation among MacroRegional Strategies and Sea Basin Strategies” took place on thursday, 10 March 2022  from 11:00-12:30 CET with the aim of discussing “How to promote concrete cross fertilisation actions also through the support of the S3 thematic platform on Sustainable Blue Economy”.

The event consisted on some short presentations from various speakers from EUSAIR, WestMED Initiative and Atlantic Action Plan and CPMR and ended with a round table where speakers discussed about what concrete activities the thematic platform for sustainable blue economy could develop in order to support S3 approach within the macro regional and sea basin strategy level as well as at project level.

The intervention for the WestMED and Atlantic was entitled as “Challenges and opportunities of S3 interregional cooperation at SBS level. Governance and project dimension” where the Spanish National Hub for the WestMED Initiative and the Atlantic Action Plan, Mrs. Marta Pascual, explained the various challenges and opportunities that rise when using S3 in interregional cooperation within the sea basin strategies. The Spanish National Hub highlighted that innovation must not blindly follow competitiveness logic but must respond to broader regional societal challenges and be an intermediate step towards the longer-term goals of fostering sustainability and inclusiveness. In this sense, S3 can act as a catalyst for building and strengthening regional innovation systems also with the sea basin strategies.

Macro Regional Strategies Week Agenda


Marta Pascual at the third EU macro-regional strategies week

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Study recommends excluding and moving offshore wind farms away from the protected areas in the Mediterranean

Date: 23 February 2022

A scientific team on marine sciences and geography of the University of Barcelona, the University of Girona (UdG), the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) and the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) recommends excluding and moving offshore wind farms from the protected areas in the Mediterranean due to the serious negative impacts these facilities can cause on the marine biodiversity and the landscape. This is one of the main conclusions of the team’s paper, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, which includes the participation of the lecturer Jordi Solé, from the Department of Earth and Ocean Dynamics of the Faculty of Earth Sciences of the UB.


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EC Transition pathway for tourism published

Source: website
Date: February 4, 2022

Following the 2021 Updated Industrial Strategy and given the many challenges faced by the tourism industry and the major impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism ecosystem was the first industrial ecosystem to work on a transition pathway.

The extensive stakeholders co-creation process began in June 2021 with a targeted consultation on possible scenarios for transition. Altogether over 30 workshops and meetings were held with stakeholders to further brainstorm and elaborate the ideas.

The transition pathway identifies 27 areas of measures for the green and digital transition, and for improving the resilience of EU tourism. It calls for more circular and environmentally friendly services in tourism, enhancing data sharing for more innovative services, and improving accessibility of services, among others.

During a tourism-dedicated spotlight event on 8 February, during the EU industry days, the Commission and stakeholders will discuss the transition pathway and the next co-implementation steps.


Transition pathway for tourism

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Combating marine litter in the Mediterranean through an integrated and strategic management approach : launch of the Plastic Busters CAP project

Source: UfM secretariat
Date: 27 January 2022

Marine litter, the vast majority of which is made of plastics, is globally acknowledged as a major environmental and societal challenge of our time. The Mediterranean is one of the most affected seas by marine litter with more than 130 marine species are affected by debris originating primarily from shoreline activities.

The new project “Plastic Busters CAP:Fostering knowledge transfer to tackle marine litter in the Mediterranean” kicked off today under the umbrella of the UfM initiative “Plastic Busters”, to become an instrument to improve Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), resulting in better local development planning.

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National Hub Italy highlights importance of Sicomar plus project during roundtable at their final event

The WestMED National hub for Italy participated on January 12th 2022, in the final event of the SICOMAR PLUS project.

The Sicomar Plus project has been supported by the Italy France Maritime programme 2014-2020 to promote marine and maritime safety, the improvement of the quality of weather and oceanographic forecasts by implementing controlled sea surface through the use of innovative monitoring instruments (e.g. radar, satellites, in situ intruments), training  and demonstration activities, further to the designing of new emergency instruments. Each activity has been developed in a transnational view, of great importance for the achievements of the project results.

The National Hub for Italy took part in the round table: Navigation risks management and foresights, enphasizing the role of networking and communication activities in this particular sector. The WestMed Initiative was presented to over 50 national and international participants and stakeholders of the sectors involved.

Furthermore, the National Hub for Italy  highlighted that the SICOMAR PLUS project has been one of the Winners of the WestMED Project Awards, launched for the first time in 2021, and awarded during the WestMED Stakeholders Conference on November 9 2021,  with the objective to identify, showcase and honour exceptional projects in different areas which provide innovative and replicable solutions embodying the WestMED initiative’s vision for the western Mediterranean.


For more information on this event – visit the sicomar plus website

Watch the full recording of the event on their YouTube channel here  – with Laura Parducci’s contribution starting at 1:04:00

Watch the SICOMAR PLUS project pitch during the westMED Stakeholder Conference here (in French)

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Pêche : vers la mise en place de balise de positionnement à bord des navires

Date: 15 janvier 2022

Lors de sa réunion hebdomadaire présidée jeudi par le Premier ministre, ministre des Finances, Aïmene Benabderrahmane, le Gouvernenement a examiné un projet de décret exécutif portant sur la mise en place de balise de positionnement à bord des navires armés et équipés pour la pêche afin de sécuriser les pêcheurs en cas d’évènements pouvant survenir en mer.

Selon un communiqué des Services du Premier ministre, ce projet de décret exécutif « fixe les conditions et les modalités de mise en place de balise de positionnement à bord des navires armés et équipés pour la pêche à l’effet de moderniser les pratiques de la pêche et sécuriser les pêcheurs en cas d’évènements malheureux pouvant survenir en mer ».

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Malta, together with Libya, takes over the WestMED Initiative’s Co-Presidency

After two years of intensive work, Italian and Libyan Co-Presidency representatives hand over the WestMED Co-Presidency to Malta

The 14th WestMED Steering Committee (WMSC) meeting took place on November 8, 2021, in the premises of the Italian Villa Farnesina (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and online. The meeting provided the opportunity for the WMSC to evaluate the implementation of the initiative, as well as to reflect on the outcomes of the outgoing Italian-Libyan co-presidency, and on introducing the future Maltese-Libyan co-presidency.

As main outcomes, Daniele Bosio (Italian WestMED Co-Presidency) presented a stock-taking of the last two years of intensive work  – which concentrated on 3 thematic areas: green shipping, clusters and aquaculture -, and welcomed the new Maltese Co-Presidency with a message of encouragement.

The representative of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Ebejer Shaun Patrick, lead coordinator in Malta when it comes to Integrated Maritime Policy, shared the approach to the work to be carried out in conjunction with Libyan partners during the incoming Maltese Co-Presidency.

The main message presented was that of continuation with the “excellent work carried out so far, through the development of concrete measures and mechanisms to help promote the Blue Economy vision and boost worldwide competitiveness of the Mediterranean”. According to the Maltese representatives, “this vision needs to be based on a framework which supports all the states involved, and takes into consideration the specificities of the whole region”.

The new Maltese-Libyan Co-Presidency outlined their priorities for the next two years, including:

  • Decarbonisation and greening of the maritime transport sector
  • Sustainable fishing and aquaculture development
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Maritime clusters
  • Ocean literacy and Blue Skills

The WMSC includes national coordinators from the relevant ministries from participating countries (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia), the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat, as well as observers from International Organizations and financial institutions. Their role is to ensure operational coordination, guidance and necessary support to ensure the initiative’s expected results are achieved.