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Bring European Maritime Day to your country in 2022 – Deadline for the submission of events: 31 January 2022

EMD 2022, the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth, and the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’, will take place in Ravenna, Italy on 19 & 20 May 2022. As every year, this will not be the only action to celebrate our seas and oceans. EMD In My Country 2022 events will also take place all over Europe from 1 April till 31 October 2022.

In 2021, EMD In My Country – despite the pandemic – was a great success, with 232 virtual, physical and hybrid events, organised in 25 countries (21 EU and 4 non-EU countries), covering all the sea basins of the EU making an absolute record in the history of the European Maritime Day!

Are you ready to submit your event(s) for 2022?

Fill in the application form before 31 January 2022 and bring European Maritime Day 2022 to your country.

All the organisers will receive sustainable #EMD In My Country-branded gadgets and their events will be promoted via the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries’ information channels.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, EMD In My Country 2022 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2022.

2022 will be the European Year of Youth, so we welcome plenty of events with a focus on youth activities.

Submit your application

Deadline: 31 January 2022.

National Hub Mauritania presenting the Blue Economy 2021

WestMED National Hub Mauritania promotes development of the Blue Economy during multiple national events

The WestMED National Hub participated in a national workshop on the promotion of green jobs in Mauritania. During this workshop, which brought together all the national institutions concerned, scientists and TFPs, the national hub prepared a presentation on the blue economy (definition and emergence of the concept), the WestMED initiative, its objectives and the main achievements in the case of Mauritania.

In addition, the National Hub took part in the national consultation days on the revision of the Strategy of Fisheries and Maritime Economy that were organized in Nouadhibou from 16 to 19 December 2021. During these days the national hub prepared a PowerPoint summarizing the main orientations related to the development of the blue economy in Mauritania, which was presented by the National Coordinator.


You can download both presentations here in one file (pdf)

Contact the Mauritanian National Hub (Mohamed Lemine Abdel Hamid): mauritania@westmed-initiative.eu

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La importancia de invertir en el mar: la economía azul factura 750.000 M€ al año

Source: inversion.es
Date: January 2, 2022


El cuidado del medio ambiente, la preocupación por el calentamiento global o el empeño por mantener los mares están a la orden del día. Estos problemas son los que van a marcar la agenda del futuro. También en el mundo de las inversiones, que no vive ajeno a esa realidad.

Los océanos son uno de los focos en los que se ha centrado el Pacto Verde y de los fondos europeos de recuperación que defienden proyectos dirigidos a ralentizar el calentamiento global, la sobrepesca, el plástico y la contaminación del agua. Todos estos problemas entran dentro del contexto de la economía azul. Según la definición de la Unión Europea, se trata de la economía que reconoce la importancia de los mares y océanos como motores de la economía por su gran potencial para la innovación y el crecimiento.

Read more: inversion.es

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Tunisian government signs two projects with UN to improve food security

Source: Arabnews website
Date: 28 December, 2021


  • The two projects aim to enhance food security and resilience to climate change through a National Action Plan
  • The agreement with the FAO based in Rome are part of a four-year cooperation running until 2025

ROME: The Tunisian government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation have announced they are cooperating on two projects to enhance food security and resilience to climate change through a National Action Plan for the agricultural sector in Tunisia.

The agreements were signed in Tunis by the Agriculture, Water Resources, and Fisheries Minister Mahmoud Elias Hamza, and Philippe Ankers, a representative in Tunisia for the Rome-based UN agency.

The projects are part of a four-year cooperation framework running until 2025, the FAO said in a statement.


Read the full article on the Arabnews website here

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Spain focuses on floating wind in 3GW offshore plan

Source: Windpower Montly website

Date: 14 December 2021

Spain’s central government has passed its national offshore wind power roadmap, rubber stamping a 1GW-3GW objective for installed capacity by 2030

Floating offshore wind would likely make up the majority of this build-out. Spain has no operational commercial-scale offshore wind farms today.

The roadmap also ringfences a €200 million public support package for offshore research and development (R&D), prototypes and pilots to the end of 2023.

If the higher 3GW figure is reached, that would represent 5% of the EU’s 60GW offshore wind target for 2030.

While seemingly a modest ambition for a country with over 28GW of onshore wind, the 124-page route map focuses almost exclusively on the burgeoning market of floating wind technologies, making a virtue out of Spain’s extreme water depths close to its 7,600km coastline.

Read the full article on the windPower monthly website:

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L’économie bleue, un vecteur de développement local durable

Source: Libération
Date: 14 Décembre 2021

L’enjeu réside dans la bonne gouvernance de l’ensemble des activités autour de la mer

Une économie bleue performante, socialement inclusive et respectueuse de l’environnement peut constituer un pilier du développement durable au niveau local, ont indiqué récemment les participants à un webinaire organisé en partenariat avec l’Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi (UAE) de Tétouan.

L’enjeu réside dans la bonne gouvernance de l’ensemble des activités autour de la mer, aboutissant à une stratégie de l’économie bleue marocaine capable de répondre à l’objectif de préservation des océans et de la biodiversité marine, ont souligné les experts ayant pris part à cette conférence en ligne, co-organisée par le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD), la Banque mondiale et le Policy Center for the New South. S’exprimant à cette occasion, le président de l’UAE, Bouchta El Moumni, a fait savoir que les énergies renouvelables sont actuellement puisées principalement de l’énergie éolienne, solaire et de la biomasse, relevant dans ce sens que les énergies pouvant provenir de la dynamique marine (houle, vagues, courants de marée…) sont encore négligées, rapporte la MAP.

“Nous disposons de masses d’origine atlantique moins salées et donc moins denses, qui se déversent vers la Méditerranée en surface, ainsi que les courants méditerranéens qui arrivent dans le sens inverse en profondeur puisqu’ils sont plus denses”, a-t-il expliqué, estimant que le jour où la recherche développera l’instrument nécessaire pour l’exploitation de cette énergie, “nous aurons le moyen d’exporter de l’énergie à toute la planète”.

En lire plus: Libération

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Mediterranean Supports ECA with Strict Sulfur Limits by 2025

Source: maritime-executive.com website
Date: December 13, 2021

The EU, together with countries from around the Mediterranean Sea, committed to further efforts to protect the environment around the Mediterranean, including moving to become a sulfur emissions control zone. By 2025, the Mediterranean could become the fourth emissions control area joining Northern Europe in the efforts to mandate the use of low sulfur marine fuels.

The decision came as part of a meeting of the members of the 25-year-old UN Barcelona Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean. The convention, which was first adopted in 1976, includes 22 parties with the EU and eight EU Mediterranean member states as well as cooperation from countries around the Mediterranean.

At the conclusion of last week’s meeting, the group voted to support the designation of a sulfur emissions control area (ECA) in the whole region. A broad range of NGOs had long been advocated for the action. Under the language accepted by the signatories of the convention, ships steaming through the Mediterranean would only use fuels containing low sulfur. It calls for a much stricter standard of just 0.1 percent versus the global standard and 0.5 percent sulfur levels presently.


Read the full article on the maritime-executive website

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The EIB lends €300m to “green” the port of Genoa

Source: econostrum website
Date: December 14, 2021

ITALY. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is granting a framework loan of €300m to the Autorità di sistema portuale del Mar Ligure occidentale (Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea) which administers the ports of Genoa, Pra’, Savona and Vado Ligure. This is its first operation in Italy for a project co-financed by the Italian State with resources from the Supplementary Fund of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.

The funds will be used to support investment in the largest renovation of the port of Genoa in 25 years, in particular to improve access. It will be used to build a new breakwater to limit the risk of flooding due to climate change and to facilitate the safe entry, loading and unloading of modern cargo ships. The Italian government is contributing €600m to the works, including €500m from the Supplementary Fund of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism and €100m from the Port Infrastructure Fund

Read the full article here

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The WestMED Initiative presented by the Spanish National Hub at the international ‘Blue Mediterranean’ event in Cádiz, Spain

On 25 and 26 November, an international meeting was held in Cadiz between international and national experts, who shared their knowledge and experiences about the blue economy and their respective projects. This event was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) in the framework of the Interreg MED MISTRAL project, with the support of the University of Cadiz, the Campus of International Global Excellence of the Sea (CEI-Mar) and the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU).

The event was structured in four blocks, each with a round table discussion. In the case of WestMED, it was explained by the national coordinator Lara Ventas, within the first round table (The International Context), where other initiatives and projects such as the Mistral project or the Blue economy in the Mediterranean were discussed.

In the second block (Mistral Project: Continuous Blue Innovation), our current National HUB in Spain, Marina Avilés, participated in a round table with representatives of Interreg MED, CNR and MARE A3 where each one gave their vision regarding blue growth in the Mediterranean from their projects or initiatives. In the case of WestMED, the priorities of the initiative were explained within the projects to achieve future objectives, the policies to which it is addressed and the stakeholders committed to the development of future actions.



Durante los días 25 y 26 de noviembre se celebró en Cádiz un encuentro internacional entre expertos internacionales y nacionales, quienes contaron sus conocimientos y experiencias acerca de la economía azul y sus respectivos proyectos. Este evento fue organizado por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación (MAPA) en el marco del proyecto Interreg MED MISTRAL, junto con el apoyo de la Universidad de Cádiz, El Campus de Excelencia Internacional Global del Mar (CEI-Mar) y de la Universidad Europea de los Mares (SEA-EU).

El evento se estructuró en cuatro bloques, con una mesa redonda cada uno. En el caso de WestMED, fue explicado por la coordinadora nacional Lara Ventas, dentro de la primera mesa redonda (El Contexto Internacional), donde se hablaron de otras iniciativas y proyectos como el proyecto Mistral o la economía Azul dentro del Mediterráneo.

En el segundo bloque (Proyecto Mistral: Innovación azul continua), nuestra actual National HUB en España, Marina Avilés, participio en una mesa redonda con representantes de Interreg MED, CNR y MARE A3 donde cada uno dio su visión con respecto al crecimiento azul en el mediterráneo desde sus proyectos o iniciativas. En el caso de WestMED se explicaron las prioridades de la iniciativa dentro de los proyectos para conseguir objetivos de futuro, las políticas a las que se dirige y las partes interesadas comprometidas para el desarrollo de acciones futuras.



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Le Hub National OuestMED Tunisie a assisté au premier forum méditerranéen de l’économie bleue solidaire MedEBS

Le Hub National OuestMED Tunisie a assisté le 26 et 27 novembre au premier forum méditerranéen de l’économie bleue solidaire MedEBS à la faculté de médecine de Sousse. Le Forum MedEBS Sousse 2021 est le premier grand rendez-vous méditerranéen consacré à l’Economie Bleue Solidaire (EBS), après deux évènements annonciateurs, à Bizerte en septembre 2019 et à Barcelone en décembre 2020. Le Forum de Sousse entend promouvoir l’émergence d’une stratégie régionale de l’EBS afin de positionner le concept de l’EBS en Méditerranée et définir les chantiers prioritaires.

Economie sociale et solidaire (ESS) et économie bleue (EB) se font depuis près de dix ans une place croissante dans l’agenda international, notamment en Méditerranée. La plateforme de coopération iesMed (Barcelone) a imaginé dès 2017 la convergence des deux dynamiques, en faisant émerger, avec d’autres partenaires institutionnels et de la société civile, le concept global d’économie bleue solidaire.

Cette plateforme a misé depuis 2012 sur la Tunisie et c’est en 2019 que le concept a pris son essor et un premier atelier spécifique au Forum de la Mer de Bizerte a été organisé en septembre et la sélection en novembre par le gouvernement régional catalan, la Generalitat, de FEBS Cat, un projet pionnier visant la création d’un premier cluster EBS, en Méditerranée et à l’international.

Ce premier forum méditerranéen de l’économie bleue solidaire a été organisé par le Cluster EBS et le Cluster Maritime Tunisien en coordination avec la Municipalité de Sousse. Différents ateliers sectoriels ont eu lieu et concernent notamment la pêche et l’aquaculture l’économie bleue solidaire, le tourisme alternatif solidaire vecteur d’attractivité territoriale et l’économie circulaire solidaire au cœur de l’EBS. Des ateliers thématiques ont aussi été organisés autour des thèmes relatifs aux ports, iles, aires marines protégées, des futurs territoires bleus solidaires, à « l’académie EBS » éducation et formation aux nouveaux critères de l’EBS et nefin le cluster méditerranéen une co-construction.

Différentes plénières ont eu lieu et différentes conventions ont été signées dont notamment celle relative à la coopération entre le cluster maritime et l’université de Sousse.

Le Forum MedEBS a été ouvert par le gouverneur et le maire de Sousse et a regroupé plusieurs participants en présentiels et virtuels dont des universitaires, des centres de recherches, des fonctionnaires, des opérateurs, des artisans, des étudiants et surtout la société civile.

Contactez le Hub national Tunisie pour plus d’informations.