The World Bank and the European Commission have launched the Blue Economy Development Framework (BEDF). The Framework is a novelty in the area of international ocean governance. It helps (developing) coastal states transition to diverse and sustainable blue economies while building resilience to climate change.
This transition starts with data and knowledge collection about the marine environment and ocean sectors. The first output of the BEDF will therefore be a comprehensive diagnostic analysis of the conditions that could enable or restrict blue growth. This can be ecological, economic or social factors, but it also relates to the policy and regulatory environment.
The outcome of this diagnostic process will lead to a roadmap that assists governments to
- prepare policy, fiscal, and administrative reforms
- identify value creation opportunities from blue economy sectors
- identify strategic financial investments
- From multi-trophic aquaculture over fish rest raw material to cell-plant technology and the breeding of cells through mariculture, the blue bioeconomy is a spawning ground for cutting-edge innovation in Europe. The latest EUMOFA report dives into three sub-sectors and discovers how they are quickly claiming their place in the sustainable economy, and what potential they […]
- In a world where food resources are becoming scarce, conventional agriculture faces challenges in feeding 7 billion people and fish resources are under pressure, algae are one promising route to an affordable global food supply at low environmental costs. But whereas seaweed and other algae are a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine, European consumption and […]
- Towards the energy of the future! New call for proposals for environmental monitoring of tidal and wave energy.The European Commission has published a new call for grants to support the development of ocean energy in Europe. Budgeted at € 2.3 million, this call wants to attract projects that can improve environmental monitoring of tidal and wave energy devices. Interested? Have a look at the Commission’s Funding Portal for more detail. Deadline for […]
- The first WestMED Hackathons will take place on Tuesday 14 May 2019 in Palermo, Italy.
- Training and certification for fishermen: Commission adopts a report calling on EU Member States to ratify STCW-F Convention as soon as possibleToday, the European Commission has adopted a report urging EU Member States to ratify the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessels Personnel (STCW-F Convention). This will offer extra protection to fishers, one of the most hazardous professions in Europe.
Integrated Maritime Surveillance
- The Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) has made important progress by entering its transitional phase (2019 – 2021) which will be managed and led by European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in close cooperation with the Member States.
- European ministers have adopted a revised action plan on maritime security. With the new plan, Europe strengthens its commitment to security at sea – both at home and around the world.
- Speech by Lowri Evans at the European Economic and Social Committee Conference, Brussels, 24 March 2015
- The European Commission today took a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas. By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities like coast guards, navies, traffic monitoring, environmental and pollution monitoring, fisheries and border control, duplication of work can be avoided and savings of up to €400 million per […]