In Europe, this problematic is particularly felt in the Adriatic-Ionian, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Safety, security and environmental risks are aggravated by the fact that many of these munitions are of a chemical nature, containing chemical agents like sulphur mustard, nerve gas and lewisite.
The Executive Agency for SMEs received 108 proposals for the EMFF Blue Economy call before the deadline 31 January 2019.
The European Commission is bringing back its succesful Blue Event. On 24 January innovators in the field of Blue Economy will meet financial community at the match-making event in Malta.
When forests disappear it is easy to notice. Much less visible, and happening 4 times faster, is the loss of marine meadows which keep significant reserves of carbon out of the atmosphere. Saltmarshes, which were traditionally disregarded, are now recognised as provide important ecosystem services. LIFE Blue Natura is focusing on measuring and protecting these vital carbon sinks.
The Blue Growth Accelerator NEPTUNE was created in 2016 to support innovative SMEs and entrepreneurs in the fields of environment, maritime transport, water management, marine renewable energies and port logistics. Three years later, it has granted funds for €2.8 million to 41 projects in 6 countries.
The results will feed into an implementation report that the Commission will compile in 2019.
Under high media coverage in Algiers, Ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries, at the presence of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, have adopted a declaration to strengthen maritime regional cooperation under the WestMED initiative on 4 December 2018.
From the bounties of the sea to the endless power of blue energy, awareness of the blue bioeconomy is growing by the day. But one promising sector struggles to establish its ‘blue’ credentials and faces unique challenges largely because of one detail … it is an ‘out of sea’ experience. That sector is fish farming and mixed agri- and aquaculture.
In crowded seas such as those around the European Union – including, for example, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Mediterranean – pressures on the environment are building and space is at a premium. In managing these areas, the interests of different economic sectors, including fishing, energy, shipping and tourism, must be considered.