The Made in Med event offers a unique platform for the visibility of the Blue Growth Community
Rome, April 19th 2018 – The InnoBlue Growth partners’ consortium participated at the Interreg mid-term event “Made in Med”, which took place at the Auditorium of the Massimo in Rome, the 17th and 18th of April, 2018. The event took stock of the Interreg Med Program 2014-2020, presenting the work of the 90 projects implemented to date by the Program.
Experts, local, national and European representatives of the institutions involved in the implementation of the Interreg Med Transnational Cooperation Programs met, involving 13 partner countries in the Mediterranean area and 57 regions that are working together for addressing challenges across national borders.
The main topics addressed at the 3-day conference were: increase in energy efficiency, protection of natural and cultural resources and innovation. The general objective of the Interreg Med Program is to promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area through a rational use of resources and innovative practices for the development of territories and social integration.
Built on the idea of Fab Lab, Fabrication Laboratory, the Made in Med event revolved around a series of conferences and an exhibition to describe the activities; all inspired by the values of co-working, sharing knowledge and innovation, but also to focus on the future of cooperation in the Mediterranean.
In the stand dedicated to the Blue growth projects, coordinated by InnoBlueGrowth partnership, the experience showcased some important aspects of the Blue Growth sector in the Mediterranean such as blue energy, the yacht industry or maritime surveillance.
In order to illustrate the blue energy aspect, the exhibition exposed two methods of producing wave energy (made in the ports of Civitavecchia and Naples) that take into account environmental sustainability, technological innovation, acceptability by citizens, and possible conflicts with marine ecosystems. The development of this emerging sector can become an important part of the blue economy, fuelling economic growth in coastal regions and create new, high-quality jobs.
The exhibition gave an example of best practices in the field of yacht industry innovation patterns as well as in the area of policies. These best practices can be used by the Mediterranean recreational boating sector stakeholders to move towards the circular economy principles and to better raise awareness of the maritime tourists about the rules for the protection of the Mediterranean. The implementation of these best practices would enable a sustainable development of the whole nautical sector of the Interreg MED area, protecting the nature, beauty and culture of its territories as well as its people.
A maritime surveillance programme device is in display so as to show the crucial role played by the surveillance industry in the socio-economic development of the Interreg MED area, in the generation of new job opportunities, but above all in the field of Mediterranean security.
This major event was the occasion to inform attendees that the InnoBlueGrowth project will organize s its next transnational Capitalization & Community Building event "The Cluster approach for a sustainable Blue Growth in the Mediterranean" next June 20-21, 2018 in Athens, Greece.
For more information on InnoBlueGrowth and its Modular projects, check out the website of the Blue Growth Community. Also join us on Facebook, Twitter (@InnoBlueGrowth), LinkedIn account and LinkedIn Groups (Marine Renewable Energy Community and Yachting Community).