EU researchers are leading the way on developing skilful computer models that can predict the climate in Atlantic and Arctic regions, from within seasons up to decades into the future. Recent partnership workshops, coordinated by Horizon 2020 project Blue-Action, brought together top scientists from across Europe to solve current issues and discuss the next steps for cutting-edge climate science.
Powerful compounds, intriguing properties, underused potential… marine resources such as algae are already powering innovation in areas as varied as fuel production, bioremediation and medicine, and the journey of discovery continues. An EU-funded project set out to accelerate the process and help advance Europe’s bioeconomy.
The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum will gather political and community leaders, researchers, industry, Youth Ambassadors and, inspirational speakers from along and across the Atlantic, from the Arctic to Antarctica, to showcase the results of cooperation and their impact on the citizens living on the shores of the Atlantic.
The number and range of accelerators that could provide financing and other backing for blue bioeconomy projects is growing, in response to the need to respond to the challenges of ocean sustainability.
Commissioner Vella at the UN HLPF for Sustainable Development, side event hosted by the European Union and the Government of Finland : “Delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe and the World.
Update: An event report was published.
At this conference the European roadmap for the blue bioeconomy will be presented and discussed. You can contribute to the roadmap, get informed on the most important challenges and suggested solutions (on policy, environment and regulation; finance and business development; value chain, markets and consumers; and science, technology and innovation) and get in contact with other professionals working in or interested in the blue bioeconomy.
Brussels, 9 July 2019.
The Blue Invest platform, set up with financial support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), will provide a range of support for blue economy small companies and entrepreneurs. Daniela Cedola, which will manage the Blue Invest platform, outlined the opportunities for those with strong blue economy business ideas.
Channelling the blockbuster film Aladdin, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella called on delegates at the second Blue Bioeconomy Forum (BBF) Conference in Brussels to put collaboration, transparency and sustainability at the heart of efforts to develop this sector in a responsible way as a “force for good”.
Around 140 stakeholders were spread around the 10 table-topics set up for the three-rounds of World Café exchanges on the BBF’s proposed Roadmap for the Blue Bioeconomy. By necessity, participants were chosen for their vast experience and diverse backgrounds in the blue bioeconomy, including policymakers, national/regional bodies, industrial platers, and the researcher community.
The number and range of accelerators that could provide financing and other backing for blue bioeconomy projects is growing, in response to the need to respond to the challenges of ocean sustainability. The last two or three years have seen new accelerators established inside and outside Europe.
Illegal migration, fisheries control, maritime surveillance, environmental protection, oil spill response are just some of the challenges the coast guards have to deal with in their daily work. The eighth Mediterranean Coast Guard Functions Forum plenary meeting held in Casablanca on 12-13 May 2019, addressed some of these issues and highlighted the importance of close cooperation among Coast Guards.
European Maritime Day sets focus on the blue economy; Common Information Sharing Environment enters transitional phase to be coordinated by EMSA; EMSA participates in Paris MoU annual committee meeting; European Community Shipowners’ Associations gather at EMSA; IMO Member States Audit Scheme in Iceland; Croatian President pays visit to EMSA; Awareness-raising for the upcoming 0.50% cap on sulphur in marine fuel; EMSA enhances pollution response capability in the Black Sea; EMSA participates in Adriatic Spill Conference 2019; EU civil projection exercise ‘Cascade 19’ held in Portugal.
Maritime stakeholders from all over Europe gathered on 16 and 17 May in Lisbon at the European Maritime Day. Read the highlights from the event to grasp what is currently going on in the blue sector.