Sep 08

Stakeholders are invited to reflect on the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and EU added-value of the AAP until 22 September 2017, in light of its upcoming mid-term review.

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The specific theme of the #ASPC2017 is on topics related to Priority 4 of the Atlantic Action Programma to “Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development”.
More specifically, the conference will focus on the theme of regeneration and issues and topics such as health benefits and environmental improvements to coastal communities, best-practices in social inclusion, workforce development for blue skills, recreation and tourism projects, preservation and protection of tourist attractions and the seasonality challenge in the tourism sector. More details on the workshops and speakers are now available, and registration has opened.

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This note provides information concerning the preparation of EU maritime policies post-2020 from the perspective of the CPMR’s priorities.
It puts into perspective the principles of the policy position “The Seas and Oceans, a key issue for the future of the European Union”, adopted on 10 March 2017 by the CPMR Political Bureau, with those of the ministerial declaration on blue growth adopted by the EU’s Member States on 20 April 2017 in Malta, and with the principal current developments concerning the EU’s maritime policies.
The elements presented answer the questions:

  • Will the Sea be a priority for the European Union after 2020?
  • How are the EU’s maritime policies post-2020 being prepared?

Read the full report here

Register now for the conference MSP for Blue Growth - How to plan for a sustainable Blue Economy.
The deadline for registration is 29 September 2017. View the draft programme here. The conference will be organised at Area 42, Rue des Palais – 1030 Brussels, Belgium.

Blue Growth has become a major policy objective for the European Commission, Member States and a broad range of maritime actors. It has contributed to jobs and economic growth, supported innovation and research, and promoted a collaborative and inclusive approach to the maritime economy. However, there are still many challenges facing the development of maritime economies:

  • Anticipating future trends and demands – How to plan and accommodate for the Blue Economy?
  • Synergies versus tensions – How to foster synergies between maritime economic activities rather than tensions?
  • Stakeholder engagement – how to ensure that maritime economic development is transparent and inclusive enough?

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) can help to accommodate tomorrow’s Blue Economy by creating a framework for evidence-based and inclusive maritime spatial plans from national authorities. MSP reconciles economic needs with other dimensions and demands, including the protection of the environment, the supply of ecosystem services, the interactions between activities and processes occurring at sea and onshore, and cross-border cooperation.

This conference aims to provide a forum for discussion and exchange, offering concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP as a tool to accommodate sustainable maritime economic development. It will build on a Technical Study which aims to:

  • Assess future spatial needs of a wide range of maritime sectors;
  • Discuss how the MSP process can facilitate a better understanding of the needs across maritime sectors stakeholders and ecosystems;
  • Share best practices on how MSP can really support the Blue Economy;
  • Discuss approaches and experiences towards synergies, co-location, etc.;
  • Discuss approaches and experiences of conflict resolution and addressing spatial tensions.

Please visit the conference event page for more information as we approach the conference. You can also follow conference updates on Twitter using #MSP4BG.