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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.

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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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A plan for the future of small-scale fisheries: the RPOA-SSF, 9 topics, 9 features

Source: FAO website
Date: 21 November 2021

As we are celebrating #WorldFisheriesDay today, the GFCM would like you to meet some of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea fishers and fish workers involved in making small-scale fisheries more sustainable.

It really is hard to overstate the importance of the small-scale fisheries that make up 80% of the fleet in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The facts speak for themselves: 

  • 71 400 vessels
  • 127 000 on-board jobs
  • 300 000 shore-based livelihoods
  • USD 1 billion first sales
  • USD 2.7 billion wider economic impact

Nevertheless, as impressive as these figures are, they don’t show the human dimension behind them. 

What they don’t show is the families that have worked together for generations, the living communities that small-scale fishers underpin, the unique regional cultures which their traditions have animated over hundreds of years.

The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) is the GFCM’s ambitious 10-year roadmap (2018-2028) to create a sustainable future for these coastal communities. 

In 9 chapters, it details a set of specific, prescriptive and concrete actions: it’s a vehicle to the future which will set small-scale fisheries on a path to long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

 

Read the full article on the FAO website

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Major knowledge transfer during the 3rd WestMED stakeholder Conference invigorates sustainable blue growth in the western Mediterranean.

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

BlueSkills and the Algeria Startup Challenge were both awarded in the category Skill Development and Circulation.’  Website BlueSkills | website Algeria startup challenge

Live streamed
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.

Recording
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

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Call: Free transnational on-demand access to expertise, training and methodologies related to marine threats and observations in the Mediterranean sea | Deadline: 8 November 2021

sharemed call posterSHAREMED partners are launching this innovative initiative for practical marine research collaboration activities with Mediterranean institutions. This is a unique opportunity to boost your research by taking one or more offers that are presented in this Call for Transnational On-Demand Access. This will match you to a SHAREMED project partner and provide you with expertise, training and sharing of methodologies and operational models and systems.

It is all free, paid to you by SHAREMED.

Just visit our dedicated website directly through www.capemalta.net/sharemed-on-demand

or through the project website  https://sharemed.interreg-med.eu/  to read the details and apply.

Deadline for application is 8th November 2021. Follow the simple online application, click your preferred offer on the list and let the process play. We will contact you and serve your demand.

Eligibility criteria apply and applications will be assessed by a project selection panel.

This is the SHAREMED way of doing capitalisation through sharing and exploiting expertise, technology and know-how by joining efforts and resources to do things together.

For any further information or queries, please contact Prof. Aldo Drago

Coordinator of this capitalisation activity

(aldo.f.drago@gmail.com or aldo.drago@um.edu.mt)

Stephanie Vella at the University of Malta september 16, 2021

WestMED National Hub Malta on Future paths for the Blue Economy at the University of Malta Futures Bootcamp

The Maltese NH participated in a discussion organised by the University of Malta as part of a Blue Economy International Bootcamp on September 16, 2021

The event took a future-focused approach, aimed at exploring future paths for the sustainable growth of the blue economy through research and innovative solutions and collaborations.

The event, which was organised as part of the SEA-EU ‘European University of the Seas’ alliance initiative, brought together various international blue economy stakeholders from the research and academic areas.

It served as an opportunity for the Maltese NH to raise awareness on the WestMED Initiative and its ongoing work, and also on the WestMED Projects Awards.

The discussion delved into the main challenges revolving around the diverse sectors and stakeholders within the blue economy.

It also delved into opportunities arising from cross-sectoral and inter-regional collaborations, such as through existing networks including the WestMED Initiative and ‘area-based Lighthouse’ initiatives of the Oceans Mission.

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Malta Maritime Forum says more direction needed through an updated maritime policy

Source: Malta independent

The Malta Maritime Forum has urged the need for more direction through an updated maritime policy for the sector.

The interests of the maritime industry were discussed with the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Minister for Transport during a regular meeting which the Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) seeks to hold with the country’s policy makers.

Read the full article on the website of the Malta independent

 

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WestMED Asistance Mechanism highlights importance of transferability of Sustainable Tourism Initiatives to Southern Shore Countries

The Assistance Mechanism participated in an event on May 6, 2021 organised by the Sustainable Tourism Community where the importance of replicability and transferability of EU funded projects and was highlighted – including the importance of strengthening ties and opportunities with Southern partners. It was also noted that the Assistance Mechanism is actively engaged in supporting stakeholders to extend the benefits that are coming out of a number of projects on sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean.

The MED Sustainable Tourism Community counts on a group of 17 Associated partners (networks, actors participating in Mediterranean initiatives, tourism stakeholders, academia) with the role of ensuring links with other initiatives and to enlarge the impacts and the scope of the dissemination, transferring and capitalisation activities. The main questions discussed the event are:

  1. The identification of synergies with existing initiatives of participating  organizations
  2. Identification of collaboration among organization and the MED Community
  3. Involvement in the the transferring & capitalization of activities

Read the news article on the Interreg Med Sustainable tourism

 

For more information, please contact:
– Stephanie Vella: malta@westmed-initiative.eu
– Mohamed Lemine:   mauritania@westmed-initiative.eu

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Take part in the Seabed 2030 survey – closes end of April 2021

Source: NLA International on behalf of Seabed 2030

Last year NLA International Ltd working on behalf of Seabed 2030, launched an online survey to find out more about the status and potential of mapping the ocean floor. The survey collected views from across all interested sectors to help us better understand issues such as:

  • Why stakeholders feel it is important to map the seabed.
  • How interested parties are estimating the environmental, social and economic value of seabed mapping.
  • Where are the most urgent priorities for seabed mapping.

All of this will help us to corroborate – or challenge – existing thinking, and hopefully identify any areas of the seabed that may benefit from a more joined-up / collaborative approach.

We have been really delighted with the responses thus far – we have received nearly 470 detailed responses to date – and are currently hard at work analysing the initial findings.

However, it is not too late to have your say! We will be keeping the survey open until the end of April, and we would be very grateful if you could contribute your views.

To access the survey, please click here.

More information

Read the article: Marine Geospatial Data: the Cornerstone of the Blue Eonomy

Read more about the seabed 2030 Initiuative:  100% of Ocean Floor mapped by 2030

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A new agenda for the Mediterranean: the Council approves conclusions on a renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood

Press release:  Council of the EU

The Council approved conclusions affirming the EU’s determination to renew and strengthen its strategic partnership with its Southern Neighbourhood. The objective is to address common challenges, take advantage of shared opportunities and unlock the region’s economic potential for the benefit of its people.

Spurring sustainable long-term socio-economic recovery and job creation in the Southern Neighbourhood is a key shared priority and the innovative cornerstone of the new Agenda for the Mediterranean. Working together, the EU and its Southern Neighbourhood partners can turn climate and environmental challenges, and digital transformation, into major opportunities for sustainable development, contributing to a just and inclusive green transition. The EU will use all its available instruments, including the NDICI-Global Europe and the European Fund for Sustainable Development plus (EFSD+), and engage with financial institutions to achieve this objective, paying particular attention to the human dimension and opportunities for young people.

Good governance, the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, democratic institutions and the rule of law are also considered to be essential for long-term stability, security and sustainable development in the region. The EU will step up its engagement on these issues, and renew its efforts on conflict prevention and resolution, as well as on cooperation on security, migration and the preparedness and response capacities of healthcare systems.

The EU intends to strengthen the political dialogue across the Mediterranean by setting up annual meetings of EU member states’ and Southern Neighbourhood partners’ foreign ministers to review progress in the implementation of the new Agenda for the Mediterranean.

Read more on the EU Councils press release webpage