On November 9 2021, the 3rd WestMED Stakeholder Conference took place in Rome, Italy.
Co-organised with the Italian ministry of Foreign affairs, this event attracted close to 300 registrations and featured 30 experts covering the latest policy, funding and sectoral developments.
Corridors for sustainable development
The title ‘corridors to sustainable blue Development,’ reflected the essence by highlighting the state-of-play and opportunities in the western Mediterranean sea basin with a specific focus on aquaculture, sustainable tourism, green shipping, maritime clusters and maritime skill development.
These topics align with the main priority areas supported by the WestMED assistance Mechanism and are based on the feedback and needs identified in the WestMED maritime community.
Five exemplary projects
For the first time, the WestMED Best Project Awards were handed out. Fifty-four highly interesting and valuable projects from both shores (North and South) entered the competition.
An expert jury consisting of Alessandra Sensi and Mohammed Al shakran (UfM), Mercedes Acitores (INTERACT) and Julia Manning (EBRD) made the final selection based on impact and replicability.
Sicomar Plus was awarded in the category ‘Biodiversity, Marine Habitat Conservation and Response to Marine Pollution.’ Website Sicomar plus
BiovecQ was awarded in the category ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production.’ Website BiovecQ
Starfish 4.0 was awarded in the category ‘Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coastal Community Development.’ Website Starfish 4.0
The event was in a hybrid form with approximately 75 people in the room itself with dynamic (face-masked) networking between attendants, live-streamed to the international online maritime community and simulteanously translated in both English and French.
The recording and the PowerPoint slides used of this event will be available soon on this website – and can be found on the dedicated conference 2021 page