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WestMED Evènement de la Mauritanie : Vers la création d’un cluster maritime mauritanien

Dans le cadre de l’initiative WestMED, le hub National de la Mauritanie, en étroite coordination avec le Ministère des Pêches et de l’Economie Maritime a organisé le lundi 27 juin 2022, à l’hôtel de Nouakchott, un atelier national dédiée à la discussion de l’opportunité de créer un cluster maritime mauritanien. Cette importante rencontre, présidée par le Secrétaire Général du Ministère des Pêches et de l’Economie Maritime et en présence des secrétaires Généraux du Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable et du Ministère du Pétrole, des Mines et de l’Energie, fait suite au webinaire organisé le mardi 27 juillet 2021 et s’inscrit dans le cadre de « WestMED in my country ».

Ont pris part à cette conférence, en plus du hub national de la Mauritanie et du coordinateur national de l’initiative WestMed en Mauritanie, des représentants des principales institutions nationales concernées, des représentants du secteur privé, des organisations socio-professionnelles et de la société civile, des représentants des principales institutions de la recherche scientifique au niveau national, Monsieur Matteo Bocci de l’équipe technique de l’initiative WestMED et Mme Amna Soholji, Secrétaire Générale du Cluster Maritime Tunisien.

Lors de cet atelier, les participants ont suivi trois exposés : le premier a été fait par M. Matteo Bocci (expert Ecorys) et a concerné la présentation des types et pratiques existants des clusters maritimes et une analyse de leur potentiel pour stimuler une croissance durable et des emplois dans le bassin méditerranéen. Le deuxième, fait par Mme Amna Sohlobji, Secrétaire Générale du Cluster Maritime Tunisien est relatif à l’expérience du cluster tunisien. En fin, le troisième exposé, fait par Dr. Mohamed Lemine Abdel Hamid du Hub National de la Mauritanie, a été focalisé sur la présentation des principaux éléments de réflexion, issus d’un benchmarking, relatifs à la création du cluster maritime mauritanien.

A l’issue de ces exposés, un débat riche a été ouvert entre les participants. Au cours de ce débat, les participants ont jugé nécessaire le démarrage immédiat du processus de création du cluster maritime mauritanien. Ainsi, un comité technique ad hoc (de 10 personnes), composé des représentants des principales institutions publiques, de la recherche scientifique, des organisations socioprofessionnelles et de la société civile, et des opérateurs économiques a été désigné par les participants et dont la mission est de proposer les modalités pratiques pour la création du cluster (format, composition, aspects juridiques, etc.). Ce comité devra achever son travail d’ici fin octobre 2022. Le deadline pour la création du cluster maritime mauritanien est fixé pour fin 2022. Dans ce cadre, les participants ont souligné la nécessité de l’assistance technique et financière de l’initiative WestMED et des partenaires techniques et financiers de la Mauritanie pour accompagner le processus du cluster maritime.

Notons que la réunion a été marquée par une couverture médiatique très importante, avec la présence de tous les organes de la presse officielle nationale (Agence Mauritanienne d’Information, Télévision Nationale Al Mauritaniya, radio de Mauritanie), des télévisions privées et des plateformes de la presse Internet (Al Minasa, El Moubasher Bi El Hassaniya, Agence Nabaa, Agence Azougui). L’évènement a été présenté parmi les éléments principaux dans le journal d’information des chaines officielles et privées en français, en arabe et en langues nationales, diffusés dans la soirée du 27/06/2022. De même, des extraits des discussions ont été diffusés en direct sur Facebook. Les agences d’information publiques et privées ont également diffusé des interviews en français et en arabe avec le responsable du Hub National (Dr. Mohamed Lemine Abdel Hamid). Lors de ces interviews le responsable du HN a présenté l’initiative WestMED, et les objectifs et les résultats attendus de l’organisation de l’atelier, et a souligné que l’atelier d’aujourd’hui constitue un pas important vers la concrétisation de la création d’un cluster maritime mauritanien.

 

Téléchargez la présentation par Dr. Mohamed Lemine Abdel Hamid : Eléments de réflexion relatifs à la création d’un Cluster maritime mauritanien

Pour plus d’informations contactez: mauritania@westmed-initiative.eu

 

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A new Blue Economy support ecosystem proposed during Italy’s WestMED National Event in Naples

Within the beautiful setting of the new museum Darwin Dohrn in Naples, on May 26th and 27th 2022, the WestMED National Coordinators and the National Hubs organized the Italian ‘WestMED in my country’ event: “Blue Accelerators & Incubators: the main challenge for Blue Growth in Italy”.

With the practical support of Cluster Tecnologico Nazionale Blue Italian Growth and Federazione del Mare, the endorsement of the Department of Cohesion within the Presidency of Council of Ministers and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this was also recognized as an official EMD in my country 2022 event.

It was opened with speeches from the Mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi (former Dean of the University Federico II) and the Regional Counsellor for Research, Innovation and Start-ups of the Campania Region, Valeria Fascione.

Based on a structural gap in the Italian Blue Economy ecosystem, the idea proposed was implementing a national supply chain of support for innovation, new entrepreneurship and employability, based on an alliance that consists of Maritime Clusters, Accelerators & Incubators and Investors & Fund Managers (public & private).

Such a supply chain could facilitate and expedite the search for partners & financial resources by the promoters of a Blue Economy initiative, while national and regional maritime clusters could help mitigate the risks taken by investors and accelerators/ incubators. They could do so by helping to identify the most deserving and really innovative initiatives.

This two-day event gave the opportunity for Italian stakeholders to:

  • become further acquainted with the WestMED Initiative activities in Italy and in the sub-basin over the last four years;
  • become aware of the strategic agreement among the two national maritime clusters (proposed and supported by the WestMED National Coordinators and Italian National Hub) and the excellent results already achieved;
  • network and meet, (Italian and foreign) representatives in-person from over 50 clusters, accelerators and incubators, venture capital companies, start-ups, research institutes, EU platforms, EU funds managing authorities.

More than 70 experts and professionals from the whole country joined in-person with an average of 40 participants who followed  the event online.

To complement the programme,  the visitors were treated to a guided tour of the museum by Prof Ferdinando Boero, who described the 150 years history of Stazione Anton Dohrn where he highlighted the significant contribution of the two scientists Dohrn and Darwin to marine zoology and their studies preserved in this museum, as well as drawing attention to the Gulf of Naples, as being the richest marine biodiversity site

All participants who joined in-person, received a free conference kit.

As a follow-up, the WestMED National Coordinators and Italian National  Hub are already undertaking the steps subsequent to the opportunities that emerged during this event.

For further info, contact Leonardo Mazari (National Hub Italy) : italy@westmed-initiative.eu

 

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The EU Blue Economy report 2022: ocean economy fuels European green transition

The European Commission has published its annual EU Blue Economy Report to take stock and uncover the latest trends and developments in all economic sectors related to the oceans and coastal areas. With close to 4.5 million people employed, a turnover of more than €665 billion and €184 billion in gross value added, the EU blue economy sectors contribute significantly to the EU’s economy, especially in the coastal regions. Moreover, the report notes that the EU’s blue sectors are a spawning ground for innovative solutions and technologies that can help fight climate change and take the green transition to the next level. It also points at the high cost of inaction to fight climate change, as the damage of rising sea levels could cause a direct loss of more than €200 billion per year by 2080 in the EU.

More information here

Download the report here

 

 

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Bridging the Maritime Skills Gap. Succesful WestMED event helps identify possible solutions in Malta

Today the WestMED Initiative (Malta) in collaboration with the Malta Maritime Forum organised an event entitled “Blue Skills: Bridging the Skills Gap through Education and Ocean Literacy”.

The event was successful in bringing together the views of the captains of industry and academia who identified skills shortages and possible solutions to the skills gap shortages that are afflicting the industry.

The event sought to strengthen cooperation between all stakeholders in order to address labour market frictions that hamper employers from their much-needed talent and skills that sustain their business models.

Moreover the event also focused on the important role of ocean literacy in order to bridge the gap highlighting the importance of engaging youths, students as well as NGOs within the industry.

The work conducted by the Union for the Mediterranean on blue skills was also presented in the event and colleagues from the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism presented the work conducted on blue skills and ocean literacy in the Atlantic.

The event was purposely timed to coincide with Maritime Day and enjoyed official recognition as a ‘European Maritime Day (EMD) In My Country’.

Besides key industry and academia representatives, other participants in the event included the Hon Aaron Farrugia, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects; the Hon Ivan Castillo, Shadow Minister for the Maritime Sector; Perit Karmenu Vella, former European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; and Mr Joseph Bugeja, Chairperson and CEO of Transport Malta.

More information: contact Stephanie Vella or Annabel Vella at our WestMED National Hub Malta

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E-Learning program launched: “Fostering and managing Blue growth Potential in the Mediterranean

Source: Interreg Mediterranean-Blue Growth

In the context of the INTERREG EURO-MED Academy, the Blue Growth Community is launching the next 16th of May 2022, the online programme “Fostering and Managing Blue Growth Potential in the Mediterranean ».

This e-learning programme is addressed to the next Generation of Mediterranean Leaders on Inclusive and Sustainable Development both from the Northern and Southern shores. This entails a very wide audience having a direct relation to the Blue Growth sector, from young people involved in the blue economy governance to young entrepreneurs and practitioners working in business support organizations (BSOs), NGOs, research institutions, etc.

Therefore, all stakeholders coming from the public/private sectors and civil society interested on Blue Growth will have the opportunity to benefit of this free learning programme that offers a global coverage of all thematic areas of Blue Economy.

Using different training tools such as 7,5h of pre-recorded lectures, available side material for studying (documents, videos, links, etc.), assessment tools (short tests and an exercise), one live webinar and a final event (with key-note speeches and selected presentations of the participants and students), this programme will offer:

  • Modules: 10 short modules structures in the following thematic:
    1. Potential of Blue Economy in the Mediterranean
    2. Marine Renewable Energy (1st part)
    3. Marine Renewable Energy (2nd part)
    4. Sustainable Tourism
    5. Greening the Ports
    6. Fisheries & Aquaculture
    7. Unlocking the potential of Blue Bioeconomy through biotechnologies
    8. Maritime Security & Maritime Surveillance
    9. Maritime Spatial Planning
    10. How to reconcile Blue Economy and Marine Environmental protection

 

  • Course duration: 5 weeks (recommended)

 

Through a dedicated section under each Module, the participants will have the opportunity to overview innovative results and tools produced by the projects of the Blue Growth Community and beyond.

The Blue Growth Community e-learning program “Fostering and Managing Blue Growth Potential in the Mediterranean” will take place from the 16th of May to the 11th of July 2022.

Find more information here.

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Survey for Nautical Companies to Understand Potential of Innovative Marine Robotics

Blue Roses is an EU funded project, developed by a consortium of research institutions and companies (Navigo and Aninver – IMC Worldwide among them), to use state-of-the-art marine robotics to develop innovative and sustainable underwater services for marinas and leisure boats.

The aim of the project is to facilitate access to the underwater environment through the use of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and associated ICT. This ‘new dimension’ will help marinas attract and grow interest from diversified users. The robots can be used in a variety of functions, including yacht hull monitoring, remote access to underwater sites, monitoring of sea beds and many other applications.
The three scenarios considered by the project, in which we seek to identify and analyze innovative services and business models, are:
1. Remote access to naturalistic and/or cultural underwater sites (Pilot 1)
2. Robotic-based waters and seabed monitoring inside marinas (Pilot 2)
3. Robotic-based monitoring of yacht hulls for security and support to refit and dismantling

This survey is part of the research to understand the potential of innovative marine robotics services and business models. Your collaboration is highly appreciated. Your personal data will only be used for statistical purposes and none of the consortium members will store or further use this information.

Take me to the survey here

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Salem Miladi (WestMED National Hub Tunisia) talks about the Blue Economy on National Radio IFM

On Saturday April 16, 2022 Salem Miladi from the WestMED National Hub in Tunisia was invited by Radio IFM; a popular national commercial radio station in Tunisia. In the program L’univers Marin,’ hosted by Wael Beji,  he was interviewed for 50 minutes  about the blue economy, the WestMED initiative and the situation in Tunisia with its main opportunities and challenges for blue growth.

There was a lot of response after the show – including high viewership of the recording on YouTube.  It was also referenced to in a follow-up meeting with  Secretary of State for the Sea, Asma S’hiri Laabidi who agreed to open the Tunisian WestMED National Event on June 2 by announcing the Tunisian government’s commitment to promote the blue economy and present the first elements of the Blue Economy Strategy

You can watch the full recording here  (in Arabic)

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Interreg EuroMed, the WestMED Initiative and the UfM team up for a joint info session on opportunities for southern partners

The main objective of the Euro-MED Programme 2021-27  is  contributing to the transition towards a climate-neutral and resilient society: fighting against global challenges that negatively impact Mediterranean resources, while ensuring a sustainable growth and the well-being of its citizens.

This ultimate goal brings together many actors in the Mediterranean and a single programme can not address it alone. Only coordinating all efforts can provide real impact.

Liaising activities are aimed to build strong, long-term collaborative relationships. These are not just about networking activities, but about structured exchanges in a spirit of open cooperation to achieve shared goals.

Following the frame of activities build under the Results Amplification Strategy, the Euro-MED Programme 2021-27 and the WestMED Initiative agreed that the territories would greatly benefit from coming together and taking coordinated actions where possible. This was underlined by the cooperation agreement between the westMED Initiative and the EuroMed-Programme that was presented during the WestMED Stakeholder Conference on 9 November 2021 in Rome.

As a result, the Interreg Euro-MED Programme, the WestMED Initiative and the Union for Mediterranean will organise an Info session on « How to be part of Interreg Euro-Med? », that will be held the 26th April from 10.00 to 11.30, aimed specifically at the Southern partners in order to explain the Programme and the role they could play in the projects.

The meeting will be the occasion for WestMed and UfM stakeholders to discover how they can participate in the Interreg Euro-Med projects, by sharing sharing expertise on common issues in the Mediterranean and benefit from the fruits of this collaboration.

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Un rapport recommande la finalisation des procédures d’immatriculation des pirogues

Source: NDARINFO
Date: 31 Mars 2022

Un rapport d’étude présenté, jeudi, à Mbour (ouest), recommande la finalisation des procédures d’immatriculation des embarcations de pêche artisanale, a constaté l’APS.
 
Le rapport fait partie d’une série d’études commanditées la Confédération africaine des organisations professionnelles de pêche artisanale (CAOPA), dans le cadre de la célébration de l’Année internationale de la pêche et de l’aquaculture artisanales (IYAFA 2022, en anglais), décrétée par l’Assemblée générale des Nations-Unies. 
 
Elles portent sur les enjeux des zones de pêche artisanale en Sierra Léone, au Ghana, au Madagascar, en Mauritanie, en Gambie, en République de Guinée et au Sénégal.
 
Cette étude, appuyée par la Coalition pour des accords de pêche équitables (CAPE) et la Société suédoise pour la conservation de la nature (SSNC), a été présentée en présence des services du ministère des Pêches et de l’Economie maritime et des différents acteurs de la pêche artisanale
 
Elle recommande également de mettre en place des mécanismes de prévention et de résolution des conflits qui prennent en considération les intérêts des pêcheurs artisans.
 
La consultante internationale, Dieynaba Bèye Traoré, experte-juriste en gouvernance des pêches, chargée de cette étude, a préconisé de combler les lacunes juridiques pour l’accès à la Zone économique exclusive (ZEE).

Elle a, en particulier, insisté sur les conditions d’obtention des permis de pêche, et d’harmoniser les textes juridiques existants, comme pour la disparité concernant l’immatriculation entre le Code de la pêche maritime (CPM) et le Code de la marine marchande. 
 
Elle a souligné la nécesité de mettre en place des règlementations et politiques sur les conditions d’accès aux zones de pêche, renforcer à travers un texte de loi la surveillance participative et créer un registre national (et des registres régionaux) pour recenser les embarcations de pêche.

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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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