During the last two months, the Blue Growth Community, through its Greek partner, the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), has carried out several meetings addressed to the Greek regions and other relevant stakeholders in order to promote the transferring process of the main results & tools of the MED Blue Growth Community modular projects in Greece.
Consultation to Greek Regions
An initiative jointly organized by NTUA and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research - HCMR (partner of the MISTRAL Interreg MED project and of the Bluemed CSA Horizon 2020) was the occasion to deliver a common document with a series of recommendations and good practices on the Blue Economy experiences including outcomes of the MED Blue Growth projects. Among the different topics addressed, the issues of fisheries, aquaculture, marine renewable energies, blue biotechnology coastal and maritime tourism, monitoring and management planning of the marine environment and funding schemes for the blue economy were presented.
First meeting with Greek Regions
These efforts were reinforced by an informative online meeting organized on 24th February 2021 by the Blue Growth Community, through its partner CPMR, dedicated to the Greek Regions. It gathered representatives from four Greek Regions and communicated the available tools produced by the MED Blue Growth projects. Methodologies and toolson regional blue strategies development, educational schemes, circular economy practices and funding mechanisms were shared with the audience.
The 17 participants expressed great interest for the presented tools. The discussion, moderated by NTUA, focused on the importance of societal acceptance of blue energy and the strong need for a “bottom up” approach, maximizing the role of each part of the quadruple helix.
The Greek regions have particularly important natural resources, are active in the sectors of fisheries and aquaculture and, most of all, are a strong pole of attraction for maritime and coastal tourism. The target of these activities is to familiarize public authorities with the outcomes of research projects in the blue growth sector and to point out capacity for future transferring and mainstreaming of these results to a regional level.
Meeting with the Region of Ionian Islands and the Chambers of Zakynthos and Lefkada
The next occasion for fostering the transferring process among the Greek regions took place on 9th March 2021, with another informative meeting organized by NTUA with the support of the Region of Ionian Islands, addressed to representatives of the two Chambers of the Region.
On this occasion, NTUA focused on the available results & tools coming from the MED Blue Growth projects that could be used by the Region of Ionian Islands and its Chambers. Among those, NTUA presented some recommendations concerning blue growth strategies, the blue energy labs, two funding tools: one for SMEs (innovation vouchers) and one for SMEs/public authorities (Civic Crowdfunding on blue economy issues), a self-evaluation tool for circularity addressed to SMEs in the fishing and aquaculture sectors, a business sustainable model for SMEs based on the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental and social) in the yachting sector and a sustainable tool for medium and small ports. Moreover, a proposal for raising awareness activities including informational actions for various islands on those themes was presented.
This initiative got the interest of all the participants who expressed their support and willingness to contribute in knowledge transferring and common activities. Therefore, it was agreed that NTUA would send a short well-structured proposal including raise awareness and informational activities concerning the presented results & tools on blue economy to be reviewed by all involved stakeholders in order to submit a final document to the Region of Ionian Islands.
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