BLUE BIO MED launches officially with over 100 people

BLUE BIO MED partners organised an open kick-off meeting on 20 October 2020 to present the project to a wide audience, including its associated partners, other Interreg MED projects’ partners, Euro-Mediterranean institutions and stakeholders (Union for the Mediterranean-UfM, BLUEMED, etc.), and observers.

BLUE BIO MED partners organised an open kick-off meeting on 20 October 2020 to present the project to a wide audience, including its associated partners, other Interreg MED projects’ partners, Euro-Mediterranean institutions and stakeholders (Union for the Mediterranean-UfM, BLUEMED, etc.), and observers.

BLUE BIO MED is one of the two recently launched strategic projects funded under Interreg MED Axis 4 on Governance (PANORAMED), that focus on blue bioeconomy. The project promotes the transformation of Mediterranean blue bioeconomy field towards sustainable development goals through innovation. It supports better governance of innovation policies bridging the transnational governance frameworks active in the Mediterranean area (i.e. UfM, UNEP-MAP, EUSAIR, WestMed, Bluemed Initiative, etc.) with the territorial - regional/national – policy making, assuming the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the common reference grid. Research and Innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) are considered as the key entry point to understand and orient the innovation trends and priorities across MED regions and connect transnational cooperation with investments for growth and jobs of the Cohesion Policy.

BLUEBIOMED intends to develop a governance model of innovation policies to tackle complex challenges. Innovative approaches will be tested through policy experiments triggering the cooperation of the quadruple helix stakeholders for interregional innovation investment.

The project will be an open platform for an inclusive co-design process with the wider innovation community promoting a bottom-up MED Innovation Alliance for blue bioeconomy to streamline multiple efforts and initiatives around the Mediterranean. It will support the launch of the Alliance to boost the Mediterranean leadership in transformative innovation of the blue economy.

ART-ER coordinates the project with the support of the EMILIA-ROMAGNA REGION.

ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory is Emilia-Romagna’s Joint Stock Consortium that was born from the merger of ASTER and ERVET, with the purpose of fostering the region’s sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, attractiveness and internationalisation of the region system.

ART-ER works in collaboration with enterprises, universities, research centres and institutions for the development of the innovation ecosystem of the territory.

 

Why is the project focused on Blue Bioeconomy?  

Sustainable and circular blue bioeconomy in the Mediterranean is closely dependent on the biodiversity ecosystem health and environmental status.

The safeguard of natural resources and environmental equilibria and the sustainable economic enhancement should be coordinated among all surrounding countries, since spill overs and external elements are affecting the whole sea basin. These assumptions fall behind the work of the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP) and the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) 2016-2025, an integrative policy framework and a strategic guiding document for all stakeholders and partners to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at regional, subregional and national levels. Without coordinated and shared action, efforts made by individual countries may be hampered and overcome by failures in other countries, and competition for the exploitation of sea (bio)resources may prevail.

There is a widespread acknowledgment of the possibility for innovation to unlock the potential of a sustainable development of blue bioeconomy in the Mediterranean basin. Innovation capacity is often concentrated at territorial level through specialised clusters. Outside large agglomerations, innovation capacities are fragmented and often below the necessary critical mass for efficient investments. Successful experiences and business models, especially involving social innovation, often remain local while scaling-up process and diffusion are held back by borders (administrative, sectoral, cultural, etc.).

Blue bioeconomy is one pillar of the Italian Bioeconomy Strategy (BIT and BIT II[1]). The strategy represents a significant opportunity for Italy to enhance its competitiveness and role in promoting sustainable growth in Europe and the Mediterranean area. The strategy is part of the implementation process of the National Smart Specialisation Strategy focusing in the areas of “Health, Food and Life Quality” and “Sustainable and Smart Industry Energy and Environment”. It is promoted by the Italian Technology Clusters: Green Chemistry, Agrifood and Blue Growth.

The main priorities of blue bioeconomy are as follows: sustainable fishery and aquaculture, marine bioenergy production, ecosystem and coastal areas valorisation and protection, blue biotechnology exploitation

 

PROJECT PARTNERS:

·         LP1.    ART–ER IT – LEAD               Italy

·         PP1.   AREA SCIENCE PARK         Italy

·         PP2 Ruđer Bošković Institute    Croatia

·         PP3 NCSR Demokritos Greece

·         PP4 Technology Park Ljubljana Slovenia

·         PP5 CREDA (Center for Agro-Food Economics and Development)          Spain

·         PP6 Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development – Andalusia Spain

·         PP7 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre Technopolis        Montenegro

·         PP9 CRPM          France

·         PP10 Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)              Malta

·         PP11 Directorate General for Maritime Policy Portugal Portugal

 

PROJECT ASSOCIATED PARTNERS:

1.       Regione Emilia-Romagna            Italy

2.       Regione Puglia Italy

 


[1] Promoted by Italian Presidency of Council of Ministers, implemented by the National Committee of Biosafety, Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CNBBSV), with the:

• Ministry Agriculture, Food, Forestry Policies and Tourism;

• Ministry Education, University,Research;

• Ministry Economical Development;

• Ministry Environment, Land, Sea;

• Conference of Regions and autonomous Provinces;

• Italian Technology Clusters: Green Chemistry, AgriFood, BlueGrowth.

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[1] Promoted by Italian Presidency of Council of Ministers, implemented by the National Committee of Biosafety, Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CNBBSV), with the:

• Ministry Agriculture, Food, Forestry Policies and Tourism;

• Ministry Education, University,Research;

• Ministry Economical Development;

• Ministry Environment, Land, Sea;

• Conference of Regions and autonomous Provinces;

• Italian Technology Clusters: Green Chemistry, AgriFood, BlueGrowth.