BlueMed is the research and innovation Initiative for promoting the blue economy in the Mediterranean Basin through cooperation. It is the strategy of reference for the Mediterranean countries to work together for a healthy, safe and productive Mediterranean Sea. The initiative aims to contribute to the well-being of the region, in terms of ‘blue’ jobs creation, social and sustainable growth, environmental status, development of the marine and maritime sectors and so on.

Based on the initiative and sharing its goal, UNIMED proposed the creation of the UNIMED SubNetwork on BlueMed, with the aim of actively contributing to a healthier Mediterranean sea and supporting the dialogue of the UNIMED associated universities with each other and with local, national and regional stakeholders for the development of the Mediterranean Sea cooperation.
SubNetwork Objectives
– Promoting regional and cross-cutting cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean, to create new partnerships and develop joint projects
– Gathering and sharing information, and encouraging knowledge-based policy making
– Supporting universities in the definition of key competences related to the Blue Economy and innovative Blue Technologies
– Facilitate training for a new generation of scientists, professionals and entrepreneurs
– Promoting awareness and understanding around the importance of a sustainable Mediterranean
All in all, the SubNetwork will work to map current actions (to increase synergies and avoid duplication) and encourage best practices exchanges, in fields such as: cleaning the Mediterranean Sea and preserve its ecosystem, adaptation to climate change, protection of coastal areas, ecosystem-based management of aquaculture and fisheries, sustainable tourism, effective maritime spatial planning, observing systems and oceanography, marine and coastal cultural heritage, innovative business and new technologies.

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