In the context of the 2022 Spanish co-presidency of the 5+5 Dialogue, the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI) have teamed up to organise a thematic seminar in the framework of the MedThink 5+5 network on blue economy in the Western Mediterranean on 7 and 8 November at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal. Entitled “Tapping the potential of Sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean: Policies and Practices to Accelerate the Sustainable Transformation”, it takes place on 7 and 8 November at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal.
With the collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, this event provides a space to discuss the prospects and challenges of accelerating the transition of the blue economy towards more sustainability while enabling Western Mediterranean countries to fully tap its potential as a driver of economic development and prosperity.
In line with the SDG 14 of the UN 2030 Agenda and the UfM Ministerial Declaration on Sustainable Blue Economy (2021), this thematic seminaraims to initiate a discussion to identify and debate policies and practices that can contribute to tap the potential of the sustainable blue economy as a leading economic segment that preserves and enhance the natural capital of the Mediterranean Sea.
Participants from different backgrounds, including decision-makers, scientific experts, representatives of the WestMed initiative, international organisations, and civil society from both shores of the Western Mediterranean, will identify the relevant economic models, policies and enablers of this transition towards a sustainable blue economy. This seminar will also address transversal issues for the countries in the Mediterranean, such as investment opportunities and blue finance, ways to increase the participation of women in the different sectors of the blue economy, as well as the role of cooperation in the framework of the 5+5 Dialogue.
This event on a central issue for cooperation in the Western Mediterranean is the latest in a series of thematic seminars organised by the MedThink 5+5, the most recent of which took place in March 2022 devoted to climate change adaptation in the water sector.