BLUE ECONOMY CONFERENCE AT SEALOGY®

A NEW APPROACH FOR A SUSTAINABLE BLUE ECONOMY

Ferrara, 18 November 2021
SEALOGY® - THE EUROPEAN EXHIBITION ON BLUE ECONOMY
Ferrara Fiere Congressi, Via della Fiera 11, Ferrara, Italy
Plenary Meeting Room "GRECALE"
ORGANIZERS

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, in coordination with SEALOGY®

DESCRIPTION

In May 2021, the European Commission published a Communication for a Sustainable Blue Economy. It set forth a new approach, which fully embeds the blue economy into the European Green Deal and the European recovery strategy and represents the European Commission’s vision for a blue economy that is sustainable, green, resilient and circular and contributes to climate change mitigation. The new approach provides coherence across the blue economy sectors facilitates their coexistence and looks for synergies in the maritime space, without damaging the environment. It also underlines the need for investment in research, skills and innovation.

The Conference offers the opportunity to debate the importance of a sustainable blue economy to deliver climate resilient, healthy and productive ocean and seas in Europe. Moreover, it will highlight how such an approach is essential for achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and how it complements other recent Commission initiatives on biodiversity, food, knowledge and more, ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

On November 18, 2021, we will explore and debate the importance and the environmental, social and economic benefits of a sustainable blue economy, as well as the support needed in this respect. This conference is yet another opportunity to provide a platform for discussions and deliberations as to the blue economy prospects and how we can harness the opportunities offered by this inevitable transformation of our society and economy for a booming blue economy. Relevant stakeholders will present and discuss the opportunities for a Green Recovery for the blue economy. For this to take place, it is necessary for the European institutions and the Member States to take a responsible look not only at the European Union’s climate and environmental ambitions but also at the financial and social challenges as well as the possible structural changes involved in the implementation of all proposed measures.

Discussions on each panel will particularly zoom in on specific issues, namely:
1. The European Green Deal and the new approach for a sustainable Blue Economy
2. The socio-economic value of blue ecosystems
3. ‘Blue’ knowledge, skills and innovation for a sustainable blue economy

Each session will contain opening statements followed by a panel discussion [either Pecha Kucha format (https://www.pechakucha.org/faq) or input statement without any slides of max. 5 min].

STRUCTURE
4 plenary panels addressing the thematics identified above.

MAIN TOPICS
European Green Deal
Sustainable Blue Economy
European recovery strategy
Investments in the blue economy
Horizon Europe
Ecosystem services Aquaculture & fisheries
Horizon Europe – Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters
Maritime Innovation
Maritime Clusters
Marine knowledge, data and observation
Blue Skills
Ocean Literacy