Presentation of the MISTRAL Project’s Blue Book at the Big MED forum in Sines and at the European Maritime Days in Lisbon on May 15-17th

In the context of the European Maritime Days 2019 taking place on the 16-17th of May in Lisbon (Portugal), the Big MED Forum hosted in Sines (Portugal) on the 15th of May was the occasion to celebrate back-to-back the first anniversary of the MISTRAL project and to attend the presentation of its Blue Book.

The InnoBlueGrowth project, represented by the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR which is also associated partner of MISTRAL, took part in the events as part of the capitalisation, communication and  community building activities it has been entrusted with. In this respect, these events were the opportunity for InnoBlueGrowth to promote the Blue Growth Community Summer School taking place in Montenegro on the 1st-5th of July, and during which MISTRAL representatives will be present as lecturers.

In Sines, the main project partners were introduced to the MISTRAL Blue Book, encompassing an extensive benchmarking analysis of market trends and emerging technologies of the 5 blue economy pillar sectors and respective sub-sectors. Moreover, it includes a synthesis of key players, activities and strategies as an assessment of potential drivers and opportunities for blue growth. The Blue Book builds detailed sector reports and exposes a cross-sector review which pinpoints conflicts and synergies amongst sectors in the variety of Regions covered. For example, interactions between the Maritime surveillance and Aquaculture & Fisheries sectors, the reinforcement of the former creating a safer and more stable environment for the latter. MISTRAL’s Blue Book therefore streamlines the project’s future orientation, recalled by its coordinator as the inextricable necessity to tailor innovation in the Mediterranean with awareness of the Regions’ specificities. 

The event’s round table also raised some insightful discussions which demonstrated even more strongly the relevance of MISTRAL within the European policy framework in the field of Maritime Affairs. While Alentejo is a Region with significant potential for Blue Economy activities, its prosperity is though jeopardised by other sectors of inland activity such as mass agriculture, which directly impact maritime sectors. Therefore, MISTRAL’s Blue Book also aims to go towards better territorial planning.

Through InnoBlueGrowth and MISTRAL, the Blue Growth Community thus fits into the goal set for the years ahead by Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), in the occasion of the 2019 EMD in Lisbon: the need to design a more holistic approach to Blue Growth, anchored on a realistic vision of human activities, where maritime subjects cannot be isolated from inland social, economic and environmental ones. Both projects were present at the EMDs indeed, to promote their activities and ensure a broader dissemination of their key policy messages. Lastly, it is worth noting that the whole of these elements were instrumental for InnoBlueGrowth to grasp scopes and further contents towards the elaboration of its Summer School (July 1st-5th, Montenegro) and future policy papers.

Summer School’s registration link.

The InnoBlueGrowth Project counts with a €1,47 million funding (of which €1,25M of EU co-funding) in the framework of the transnational cooperation programme Interreg Med. The BlueGrowth Community is composed by: iBlueMAESTRALEProteusPELAGOS4Helix+ and MISTRAL.

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