CCDR do Algarve and Fórum Oceano come together to promote blue growth

Under the “Atlazul” project

The Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) and the Ocean Forum will work in partnership to promote blue growth and the economy of the sea, under the “Atlazul” project.

In a first phase, focused on «choices and mobilization of entities and companies», the work options «will be centered on knowledge, research and science, on ports and port infrastructure, on aquaculture and algae, on repair and shipbuilding».

After the kick-off meeting of the project and the partnership between CCDR do Algarve and Fórum Oceano, a public session is now planned at the end of May.

This initiative, carried out within the framework of cross-border cooperation between the regions of Alentejo, Algarve and Andalusia, aims to “identify challenges and opportunities, as well as create networks that promote the specialization of the cross-border area in Blue Growth”, according to CCDR.

Another general objective of “Atlazul” is “to develop innovative actions in the field of blue growth policies related to metabolic processes that provide new solutions with digital support and the improvement of terrestrial and marine knowledge”.



The project «integrates the objectives of the Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia Euroregion (EuroAAA), with the additional participation of Galicia, and aims to deepen opportunities, promoting Blue Growth policies that explore the synergies derived from constructive relationships between the different sectors operating in this area. domain".

As for specific objectives, the aim is to obtain "synergies between sectors of the blue economy, exploring new opportunities for business investment and improving the competitiveness of the companies involved, in the fields of fisheries and aquaculture, coastal tourism, repair and shipbuilding, and biotechnology' and ensure the 'gathering and transfer of knowledge in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, ports and biotechnology'.

“Atlazul” also aims at «identifying the blue growth potential in each region, coordinating and complementing Regional Blue Growth Strategies and appropriate forms of governance», as well as «establishing an Atlantic Maritime Alliance between participating territories and creating of the respective Regional Blue Growth Councils'.