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Deux projets d’éoliennes flottantes vont émerger en Méditerranée

Source: Econostrum

Les régions Occitanie et Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur vont accueillir deux projets de parcs éoliens flottants de 250 MW chacun. Un débat public débutera en juillet 2021 pour valider leur opportunité, les impacts, les caractéristiques et définir leurs localisations. La France est ambitieuses dans ce secteur, mais malgré des premiers appels d’offres voici neuf ans, ne compte encore aucun parc d’éoliennes flottantes sur ses quatre façades maritimes.

Le débat public sur les projets de parcs éoliens flottants EOS (pour EOliennes flottanteS) en Méditerranée se déroulera du 12 juillet au 31 octobre 2021. “Il se tient en amont de la décision de poursuivre ou non le projet, et permettra au public de questionner son opportunité, ses impacts et ses caractéristiques, dont la localisation. La Commission qui porte le débat public est indépendante et neutre vis-à-vis du porteur de projet. Elle veillera à ce que l’ensemble des acteurs concernés (professionnels de la mer, du tourisme, industriels, associations, acteurs de la recherche et de la formation, etc…) comme le grand public puissent être informés du projet et donner leur avis“, commente une source proche du dossier, interrogée par econostrum.info.

En lire plus sur le site Econostrum

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FAO: l’Algérie intensifie la lutte contre la pêche illicite

Source Le expression.dz

L’Algérie intensifie la lutte contre la pêche illicite, non déclarée et non réglementée, en œuvrant à assurer des inspections en mer dans l’ensemble de la région méditerranéenne en partenariat avec l’Agence européenne de contrôle des pêches (AECP), a indiqué l’Organisation des Nations-Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) sur son site web.

Dans le cadre des activités de la Commission générale des pêches pour la Méditerranée (CGPM), l’Algérie œuvre en partenariat avec l’AECP et les inspecteurs de l’Albanie, la Bosnie-Herzégovine, la Libye, le Monténégro, la Tunisie et l’Ukraine afin d’assurer des inspections en mer consistantes dans l’ensemble de la région, fait savoir la même source.

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Pour une unification des stratégies sectorielles dans plusieurs secteurs du domaine maritime

Source: webmangercenter.com

La secrétaire générale chargée des Affaires maritimes, Asma Shiri, a indiqué, mercredi 9 juin 2021, qu’elle souhaite achever le diagnostic de l’espace maritime en Tunisie avant la fin de l’année 2021.

Lors d’une visite effectuée dans le gouvernorat de Mahdia, elle a ajouté qu’un comité de pilotage, comprenant des représentants de tous les ministères concernés, œuvre à finaliser ce diagnostic, dans l’objectif de concevoir une stratégie nationale dédiée au domaine maritime.

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Les start-up et les transfers de technologie, nouveau souffle pour les clusters méditerranéens

Source: Econostrum

Arrivés voici une vingtaine d’années dans les pays méditerranéens, avec comme pionniers les incubateurs d’El Ghazala (Tunisie), Berytech (Liban) et Casablanca Technopark (Maroc), les écosystèmes d’innovation se sont rapidement développés dans ces régions. Les parcs technologiques (souvent baptisés technoparks) ou clusters (grappe d’entreprises en français), spécialisés dans des secteurs précis, sont venus compléter le maillage en mutualisant les compétences entre entreprises du même secteur d’activité ou de la même filière.

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Malta Maritime Forum says more direction needed through an updated maritime policy

Source: Malta independent

The Malta Maritime Forum has urged the need for more direction through an updated maritime policy for the sector.

The interests of the maritime industry were discussed with the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Minister for Transport during a regular meeting which the Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) seeks to hold with the country’s policy makers.

Read the full article on the website of the Malta independent

 

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La economía azul genera 300.000 empleos en Andalucía

Source: Málago hoy

La economía azul, es decir, la relacionada con mares y océanos; genera en Andalucía 300.000 empleos y 17.000 millones de euros, lo que supone un 10,5% del PIB de la región, sólo dos puntos menos que el turismo. Estas son los principales datos que se extraen del informe La Economía Azul en Andalucía que ha elaborado la Confederación de Empresarios de Andalucía(CEA). 

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Effective Project Proposal Development for EU Funding | 29 june 2021 | Online

This pilot training session is aimed at Blue Economy stakeholders in the Southern Mediterranean who are interested in acquiring basic knowledge and skills for EU project proposal development.

The training will include sessions on the logical framework approach, do’s and don’ts in the preparation of these type of projects, consortium building, as well as concrete examples of on-going blue economy related projects counting with a presence of Southern Mediterranean partners.

The agenda wil be available soon

The registration link will be available soon. If interested and you would like to be notified – please contact us

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New online Guide on EU funding for tourism

The new ‘Guide on EU funding for tourism’ highlights the wide range of funding programmes relevant to the tourism ecosystem included in the new budget, Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, and Next Generation EU.

This online guide comes with new EU programmes working towards a more sustainable, inclusive and digital EU economy. The guide gathers information on EU funding sources with the highest potential to support investments in tourism.

It focuses on practical questions.

  • Who can apply?
  • Which actions are supported?
  • What kind of funding is available?

The user-friendly guide contains links to the relevant EU programmes’ websites that publish the latest developments on annual work programmes or calls for proposals and technical details per programme. Finally, it points to examples of good projects co-funded by EU funds in the past.

 

Visit the online funding for tourism  guide here

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Want to do a MSc in Applied Oceanography offered by the University of Malta?

Source: University of Malta

Deadline for registration: 25 June, 2021

Whether you are a student just finishing your first degree or an already qualified professional wishing to enhance and diversify your career, this is the course that fits your aspirations to be a marine professional prepared to take the opportunities of this decade dedicated to the oceans. It is the right course for those who want to sharpen their talents and wish to shape their career to fit the future challenges of the knowledge based society which will rely more extensively on our sustainable relationship with the sea.

It is also an opportunity to study in Malta, the place where everybody wants to be. We have also some scholarships to offer to those who need a push of support. This year we have a partnership from two international companies (AquaBioTech and Deltares respectively) and we are offering three scholarships to EU candidates.

The course is intended to train post-graduate students and professionals on state-of-the-art methodologies and tools to measure, understand and predict the marine environment, and derive sustained benefits from the sea. It is elaborated over a course programme spanning and merging the scientific, technical and applicative aspects of oceanography to offer students a wide-ranging integrated approach, linking science to management, putting technology at the service of users and stakeholders, and providing tools and training for more efficient service oriented applications. Targeted areas of such applications include: environmental monitoring and surveillance, assessment and mitigation of risks, marine science-based policy development and strategic planning, climate change, sustainable resource exploitation, ocean governance, marine industries and service provision, and the overall empowerment of human resources to face current and emerging challenges in the marine domain.

While retaining the necessary scientific elements related to the acquisition and use of data and its transformation into knowledge, the course targets to put an emphasis on achievement of skills, and empower students to excel in performance on applications and operational practices.

The Master course in Applied Oceanography is offered to both local and foreign students.

Visit the website for more information and scholarship opportunities 

AquaBioTech Group and Deltares are partners in the delivery of this course.

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MSP as booster for Blue Economy – Ensuring a coherent planning across the Western Mediterranean region

The WestMED – MSPglobal joint webinar, held on May 11th 2021, focused on advancing a step closer to a Mediterranean MSP perspective, a perspective of collaboration, coexistence and synergetic relationship between the different components of the maritime sectors. The main objective of this event was to examine different forms of governance relating to MSP and how can data collection and analyses could be used more consistently to boost the blue economy at the local/ national or regional level.

The event brought together the experiences of the southern region of WestMED and formulated practical recommendations for a sustainable multi-use of the WestMED region at different scales (local, national and cross-border).

Two different sessions were organized to discuss MSP topics, the first session on: “MSP as a boost of the blue economy: a sub-regional approach” and the second session a “Roundtable – EU MSP Platform”, where National Hubs of WestMED Initiative and National Focal Points of MSPGlobal project, were invited into a roundtable to share their experiences and knowledge about the topic discussions, with intervention of the audience (SLIDO questions). Additionally, at the beginning of the second session, the WestMED Sea Basin expert of the EU MSP Platform presented the outcomes of the EU MSP Platform-MSP MED event that took place the previous day 10th of May.

At the end of the two sessions, the panelist communicated key messages for common actions in the region between the  IOC-UNESCO and WestMED Initiative.

During the event various ideas (recommendations) were discussed, mostly focusing on regional collaboration:

  • Assessing the status of MSP at local and national level, with the support of researchers and scientists, to check future trends including environmental, economic and social impacts;
  • Further funding to support data collection, as the basis for decision-making and preparation of national plans with the support of scientific community;
  • Encouraging research, innovation and training in the marine and maritime sector;
  • Flexible approaches to look at regional protocols and conventions to take advantage of already established agreements;
  • Ecosystem services as cumulative impacts indicators to track the general good state and consider the cumulative impacts as well on the cultural and socio-economic state;
  • Awareness and communication for the southern countries about how MSP is important for their national/local socio-economic growth
  • Integration and coordination of all levels of governance is essential for the management of the marine environment and marine activities and uses;
  • There is a broad consensus that existing and established regional platforms (existing international / regional conventions, SDGs) could be a good way to achieve this coordination.
  • The definition of national blue economy strategies is essential to know how to align the objectives of the MSP with the interests of blue growth;
  • The MSP can promote the blue economy by allocating space to specific strategic sectors, always considering environmental impacts;
  • Aligning the plans of the MSP with the general objectives and processes of environmental protection at national and international levels and with economic and social issues;
  • Promoting and implementing transdisciplinary approaches, merging knowledge on social, cultural and economic processes as well as on ecological, biological, geological and physical and cultural processes;
  • It’s important for the southern Med countries to first develop the planning of the marine space at national level, and once achieving this to proceed to regional level.

For more information, please contact thanos.smanis@westmed-initiative.eu