Project Rationale & Objectives
The BLUEMED project aims at boosting Blue Growth in the Mediterranean by promoting the concrete and operational implementation of the BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), converting its outputs into actions. This project has the privilege to set – for the first time in the whole Mediterranean Basin – the scene for the long-term effective coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation activities, consolidating networks and establishing mechanisms that will remain and be further developed after the conclusion of the project.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
- Consolidate and update the BLUEMED SRIA;
- Identify and define key framework conditions for the SRIA implementation, addressing a roadmap for the deployment of Research Infrastructures (RIs), assessing data policies and improving strategies for human resources in the ‘blue’ careers perspective;
- Establish a detailed and realistic Implementation Plan of the SRIA, to be developed together and from the beginning with national research funders and all stakeholders concerned;
- Support and facilitate the cooperation and coordination in all the Mediterranean countries, in order to promote the alignment of Programmes and pooling of resources and investments to address the challenges identified in the BLUEMED SRIA;
- Support the design and implementation of new transnational joint activities through the execution of Start-up Actions and the preparation of feasibility studies on specific and crucial challenges for the Mediterranean of the future;
- Support the consolidation of the role of the BLUEMED Initiative as a key policy reference for all actors of Blue Growth in the area, including administration, private sectors and society, focusing and improving the role of Research and Innovation;
- Contribute to the implementation of Regional Seas, EU and National policies;
- Promote the extension of the BLUEMED Initiative to other EU countries and non-EU Mediterranean countries.
The BLUEMED SRIA is the technical expression of the BLUEMED Initiative, which was formally endorsed by Cyprus, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain through the Venice Declaration (link to the document), signed on 16 October 2015.
The BLUEMED SRIA identifies three major groups of twelve key challenges that need to be addressed, as well as a set of goals and a wide list of actions to achieve those goals.
Key enabling knowledge in the Mediterranean
A. Mediterranean Sea ecosystems: services, resources, vulnerabilities and resilience to natural and antropogenic pressures.
B. Mediterranean Sea dynamics: developing services in the field of sustainable adaptation and to climate change and plans for mitigation.
C. Hazards and protection of costal areas in the Mediterranean
Key sectorial enablers in the Mediterranean
A. Innovative Business based on marine bio-resources in the Mediterranean.
B. Ecosystem-based management of Mediterranean aquaculture and fisheries.
C. Sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean.
D. Maritime clusters in the Mediterranean.
E. Maritime spatial planning & Integrated coastal zone management in the Mediterranean.
Enabling Technology and capacity creation for the Mediterranean
A. Smarter, greener maritime transport and facilities in the Mediterranean.
B. Observing Systems and operational oceanography capacities in the Mediterranean.
C. Multi-purpose off-shore platforms in the Mediterranean.
D. Maritime and costal cultural heritage in the Mediterranean: discovering, protecting, valuing.