Blue growth in Italy and in the Mediterranean: BLUEMED event in Rome closed
Boosting innovation and sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors is the main objective of BLUEMED, the initiative under the Italian leadership identified at the national level among the priorities of the National Research Programme (NRP), which involves 11 international partners under the coordination of the National Research Council (CNR). The initiative, a priority of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has obtained funding for about 3 million euro from the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation.
At the premises of the National Research Council (CNR), the first Italian event focused on BLUEMED has recently closed. The event presented the project objectives and brought together political decision-makers, scientific community, companies and stakeholders which will work together to implement the BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).
“The Mediterranean has become a region of crisis, conflicts, tragedies due to macroeconomic scenarios that are often influenced by the disasters caused by ongoing climate change and very difficult geopolitical conditions”, said President of CNR, Massimo Inguscio opening the event. “Maritime economy, ‘blue growth’ in all its forms and manifestations, is one of the possible answers to create, through science diplomacy, peace, inclusion and active participation of all the countries and populations of the Mediterranean to research, employment and economic sustainable development of the area. In this context, Italy can and must play a crucial role for obvious internal and external reasons, including the possibility to use the marine economy to give breath and perspective to its socio-economic system. Bluemed – concluded Inguscio – is a spur towards a national sea policy that is projected and included in the Mediterranean scenario, which must involve all the parties, governments and institutions of all the Mediterranean countries, the entire national marine-maritime community starting from the world of research”.
The BLUEMED initiative includes four working platforms focused on knowledge, economy, technology and planning, to allow representatives from the private sector, research, public administration and civil society to work closely based on shared priorities identified at the national level. The CNR event was built around several sessions, with interventions by Marco Mancini of the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Franco Terlizzese of the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), Fabio Fava, Chair of the Strategic Board of the BLUEMED Initiative; Maria Cristina Pedicchio of the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS); Caterina Praticò of the National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa); Martina Rossi, of Mare FGV; Mario Sprovieri of CNR; Andrea Barbanti of CNR. The next event is scheduled for 3-5 July 2017 in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, with a workshop on research infrastructures and the first meeting on shared platforms.