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Blue Invest Africa: Call for pitchers open | Deadline 5 December 2021 | Republic of Seychelles

Dates:

  • 5 December 2021 – deadline for pitchers
  • 15-16 March 2022 – Blue Invest Africa
  • 14 March 22 “Behind the Doors” event (for investors, upon invitation only)

 

This event is organised by the European Union in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Seychelles and Under the high patronage of H.E. Wavel Ramkalawan, President of the Republic of Seychelles.

BlueInvest Africa targets the registered African start-up business companies that are already operating in the various sub-sectors of the blue economy; it targets as well the African Small Micro and Medium sized businesses (SMMEs) not yet officially established in an African country but bearing an innovative idea subject to further commercial development within the African market.

For start-up companies and SMMEs, BlueInvest Africa will provide: 

  • A unique opportunity to meet other African project holders and SMMEs engaged in blue actions;
  • A platform for receiving direct advices from several captains of industry operating in Africa;
  • Several side-events on access to financing; award for pitchers; direct contacts with development banks and other financial institutions;
  • Coaching and mentoring sessions, networking at large;

For investors:  

  • Company publicly named and advertised by the event organiser in the blue business;
  • Business opportunities to invest in blue economic projects for sustainable livelihoods;
  • A unique event for appraising the climate of African business;
  • A direct access to the African countries which already geared up their blue business agenda;
  • European and African entrepreneurs for joint future business opportunities.

More information (including the agenda and registration): visit the blueinvest Africa website 

Recovery of coastal and maritime tourism in the Western Mediterranean | Deadline: 12 January 2021

Deadline: 12 January 2021
Budget: 3.875.000 EUR
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

Themes

  • Tourism

Objective

In line with the priorities of the European Commission, this call topic aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the coastal and maritime tourism ecosystem in the Western Mediterranean, as part of a smart and resilient blue economy. This call topic aims at preserving the marine and coastal environment and marine cultural heritage, and contributing to the attractiveness of coastal areas as a unique asset for competitiveness in the Mediterranean.

The action particularly aims at:

  • Supporting tourism stakeholders to tap into the growing ecotourism niche tourism market.
  • Boosting innovation and digitalisation in the tourism sector, thus increasing its contribution to economic growth and jobs in the Mediterranean.
  • Improving the business environment for tourism SMEs, mobilising private-public investments, enhancing socio-economic and market intelligence, diversifying and increasing the visibility of the tourism offer and products.

Scope:

This call topic seeks to support projects that will develop a multidimensional and integrated approach to re-building coastal and maritime tourism (including cruise tourism) in the Western Mediterranean. Proposals will include non-EU countries participating in the initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean (WestMED Initiative) to ensure a coordinated approach at sea basin level.

Call:

Flagship projects promoting a sustainable blue economy through regional maritime cooperation in the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Western Mediterranean (EMFAF-2021-PIA-FLAGSHIP)

More information: Funding & Tenders portal

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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)

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Meer Wissen call for proposals: strengthening the knowledge base for marine and coastal nature-based Solutions in selected African countries | Deadline: 31 december 2021

Deadline: 31 December 2021
Budget: 360.000 EUR
Countries: Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Themes

  • Governance, ICZM, MSP, data and monitoring (O3)

Objective

Marine Nature-based Solutions (NbS) play a significant role in climate adaptation, coastal protection and climate mitigation, but also food security as well as biodiversity conservation and for safeguarding the livelihoods of coastal populations.

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to improve the knowledge base for marine and coastal NbS and to improve the use and uptake in national strategies and action plans.

More information: visit the Meer Wissen call website

HORIZON Europe Call – Digital transition supporting inspection and control for sustainable fisheries | Deadline: 6 October 2021

Deadline: 6 October
Budget: 10.000.000 €
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

Themes:

  • Maritime Safety and security (O1/P1)
  •  Fisheries/ Aquaculture (O2/P2)
  •  Maritime skills and education (O2/P6)
  •  Governance, ICZM, MSP, data and monitoring (O3)

 

Description:

This call has the objective to support a project aiming at developing Research and Innovation (R&I) under the topic of Digitisation and advanced tools applied to the inspection and control for sustainable fisheries

 

Deadline to submit proposals: 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 17:00 (Brussels time)

In line with the European Green Deal objectives, Common Fisheries Policy, the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy for a fair healthy and environmentally friendly food system, and the Blue Growth strategy, the successful proposal will support better fisheries management through data and technological development.

Project results are expected to contribute to some or all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Advancing the digital transition for fisheries inspection and control and deliver data for fisheries science, management and monitoring in a cost-efficient way to fully achieve the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
  • Delivering innovative technological solutions such as machine learning and artificial intelligence and advance sensing technologies to support biologically complex data analysis
  • Devise new monitoring and control strategies to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) and promote sustainable fisheries in the EU and globally.
  • Create a new generation of jobs in the EU requiring digital and high-tech know-how applied to fisheries.
  • Improve the professional skills and competences of those working and being trained to work within the blue economy.

 

More information

More information at the call webpage

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HORIZON Europe Call – Sea to fork transparency and consumer engagement | Deadline: 6 October 2021

HORIZON Europe Call – Demonstration of measures and management for coastal and marine ecosystems restoration and resilience in simplified socio-ecological systems | Deadline: 6 October 2021

Deadline: 6 October 2021
Budget: 10.000.000 €
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

Themes

  • Marine pollution and circular economy (O2/P4)
  • MPA’s and nature conservation (O2/P5)

Objective

A successful proposal will improve the knowledge to restore ecosystems and halt biodiversity loss, supporting notably the following impact in this destination: ‘Biodiversity decline, its main direct drivers and their interrelations are better understood and addressed’

More information: Visit the call webpage

HORIZON Europe Call – Socio-economic empowerment of the users of the sea

Deadline: 6 October 2021
Budget: 6.000.000 €
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

Themes

  • Maritime skills and education (O2/P6)
  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture (O2/P2)
  • Marine and Coastal Tourism (O2/P4)

Objective

This call aims to better understand the environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, cultural and demographic drivers of change for users of the sea in coastal areas, and how these are taken into account by the policy making community.

More information: Visit the call webpage

HORIZON Europe Call – Environmental and social cross-compliance of marine policies | Deadline: 6 October 2021

Deadline: 6 October 2021, 17:00h Brussels time
Budget: 8.000.000 €
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

Themes

  • Governance, ICZM, MSP, data and monitoring (O3)
  • Maritime Research and innovation (O2)

Objective

The present call aims to contribute to the development or improvement of innovative governance models enabling sustainability and resilience and of EU and international science-policy interfaces.

More information: Visit the call webpage

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UNDP – Ocean Innovation Challenge – Call Sustainable Fisheries | Deadline 9 May 2021

Deadline: 9 May 2021
Budget: 50.000-250.000 USD
Countries: TN, DZ, MA, MR, LY

Themes:

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

The UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge is looking for innovative solutions promoting sustainable fisheries to receive support up to 250K USD. Application deadline: 9 May 2021.

Over the years, the international community has taken important steps to promote sustainable fishing, such as the FAO’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Fishing, the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement, and through the work of various regional fisheries agreements and RFMOs. Nevertheless, progress on key SDG 14 targets pertaining to sustainable fisheries has lagged and the main target, 14.4, was clearly not met in 2020.

Recognizing the increasing urgency of addressing unsustainable fishing, the second OIC Challenge, launched in March 2021, seeks innovative solutions that address one or more of the following SDG 14 targets:

Project proponents can include governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, and intergovernmental organizations.

Over the years, the international community has taken important steps to promote sustainable fishing, such as the FAO’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Fishing, the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement, and through the work of various regional fisheries agreements and RFMOs. Nevertheless, progress on key SDG 14 targets pertaining to sustainable fisheries has lagged and the main target, 14.4, was clearly not met in 2020.

Recognizing the increasing urgency of addressing unsustainable fishing, the second OIC Challenge, launched in March 2021, seeks innovative solutions that address one or more of the following SDG 14 targets:

Project proponents can include governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, and intergovernmental organizations.

More information on the call-page of the ocean innovation challenge website