On 22-24 February, the BlueMed final event will showcase the outcomes and results of the initiative that has brought together countries and organisations from along and across the Mediterranean Sea with one goal in mind: a shared, productive and healthy basin.
The event will focus on the most relevant outcomes of the BlueMed CSA, such as the Pilot Action for a Healthy, Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea to tackle the marine litter issue. The BlueMed cooperation process led first to a co-owned Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and then to the endorsement of the Implementation Plan. These tools are conceived to serve future activities: the Strategic Joint Actions will be presented during the conference.
The four BlueMed StartUp Actions, which worked on different but complementary topics, will present their works.
The BlueMed Young Ambassadors will share their experiences and reflections and will engage in a dialogue with their colleagues from other basins, with the aim of building future common paths, in the co-responsibility spirit of the One Planet-One Ocean approach.
The Mediterranean Sea is a crucial crossroad for the history, economy and culture of Europe, Middle East and North African countries. Many different interests depend on its resources, and the development of a coordinated plan for a shared, coherent and sustainable management is of paramount importance. Moreover, crucial issues like plastic pollution need to be tackled together by all Mediterranean countries, and pooling all relevant knowledge and people both from research and from the socio-political arena.
The BlueMed Initiative, launched in 2014, addresses these challenges, working on all the relevant levels, stimulating pan-Mediterranean network-building and coordinating thematic platforms.
The co-building of a shared Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, the subsequent goals prioritisation and the development of their Implementation Plans, as well as the outcomes of the Pilot Initiative for a Healthy, Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea, of the Start Up Actions and of the Ambassadors’ Programme are among the top achievements of the BlueMed work.
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