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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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Maroc-UE | Jumelage pour renforcer l’aquaculture

Date: 13 April 2022


Un projet de jumelage entre le et l’Union Européenne (UE) a été lancé, mercredi à , en vue de renforcer le secteur de l’aquaculture dans le Royaume.

Inscrit au titre du Programme de coopération multisectoriel “Réussir le Statut Avancé” (RSA II) financé par l’UE, ce projet de jumelage institutionnel a pour objectif de soutenir les efforts de l’Agence Nationale pour le Développement de l’Aquaculture () dans l’accompagnement à l’installation des projets aquacoles et de doter les opérateurs de ce secteur des outils pratiques de bonne gestion et de conduite des élevages, tout en s’inscrivant dans une démarche de biosécurité.

S’exprimant à cette occasion, le ministre de l’, de la , du Développement Rural et des Eaux et Forêts, Mohamed Sadiki, a relevé que ce projet s’inscrit dans un contexte national marqué par l’amorçage de plusieurs projets d’investissement productif en aquaculture marine et une forte mobilisation des acteurs et des parties prenantes pour le développement d’un secteur aquacole durable et compétitif.


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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.

Read the full article and download the report

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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.

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Marta Pascual at the third EU macro-regional strategies week

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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.

Read the full article here

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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.

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Bring European Maritime Day to your country – submit your maritime event for EU promotional support: deadline 15 February 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 15 February 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: 15 February 2022.

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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