Specialists, technicians and researchers in the blue economy prepare Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia cooperation

It is intended to identify the assets that the region presents in the themes to be addressed, which can be valued in cooperation.

The Coordination and Regional Development Commission (CCDR) of the Algarve, in partnership with the CCDR Alentejo and the General Secretariat for External Action of Andalusia, with the technical support of Forum Oceano, promotes on the 18th of April (Tuesday), in the auditorium of the Portimão Museum, the third working day of the ATLAZUL project, which aims to draw up a Cross-border Cooperation Strategy for Blue Growth in the Algarve, Alentejo and Andalusia regions.

The general objective of the Atlazul project is to identify challenges and opportunities and create networks that promote the specialization of the cross-border area in Blue Growth, as well as 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 Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion, with the participation of Galicia, in the context of this Project, intends to deepen opportunities, promoting the implementation of Blue Growth policies that exploit the synergies derived from the constructive relationships between the different sectors that operate in this field.

Some of the expected results of the project are the «achievement of synergies between sectors of the blue economy, which will enable new opportunities for business investment and the improvement of the competitiveness of the companies involved, in the areas of fishing and aquaculture, coastal tourism and biotechnology», the «collection and transfer of knowledge in the areas of compilation and processing of marine information, on processes related to fishing, aquaculture, tourism, ports and biotechnology».

Also expected are the «identification of the Blue Growth potential in each region and the design of Regional Blue Growth Strategies and appropriate forms of governance», or the «establishment of an Atlantic Maritime Alliance between the participating territories and the creation of the respective Regional Growth Councils Blue".

As part of the implementation of the Atlazul project, CCDR Algarve held a Work Day in July 2022, with the involvement of a number of partners from the Algarve, to deepen the diagnosis of the situation and formulate strategic guidelines and opportunities for intervention in various blue economy themes, namely in the areas of aquaculture and algae, naval industries, tourism, training, research and science.

Afterwards, and with a view to formulating proposals for projects and actions to be included in the Action Plan being drawn up for the Algarve, which may benefit from being framed within the scope of AAA Cross-Border Cooperation, in December 2022 the Journey of Work 2.

Pursuing the same objectives, of identifying project proposals and actions to be included in the Action Plan, in Portimão, on the 18th of April, Work Day 3 will take place, on the themes, port maritime cooperation, innovation and science in blue growth, biotechnology and algae, sustainable fishing, aquaculture and shipbuilding and repair yards, with the participation of various partners from the Algarve, Alentejo and Andalusia.

In this Working Day, the intention is to identify the assets that the region presents in the themes to be addressed, which can be valued in cooperation, as well as the proposals for cooperation projects/actions to be developed, to promote the valuation of these assets, and which will be opportunely concerted with the other regions, requesting for this purpose the completion of a typified project form.

As speakers foreseen in the Program, will be representatives of the Administration of the Ports of Sines and the Algarve, Docapesca, IPMA, DRAP Algarve, University of the Algarve, CiTUR, CCMAR, University of Évora, Necton, GreenCoLab, Nautiber, Sopromar and Sunconcept, as well as the respective Andalusian counterparts, with the opening session also featuring the presence of the Secretary of State for Fisheries and, at the closing, a message from the Secretary of State for the Sea.

Applications for this working day must be performed HERE.

Click here to learn about the program (PDF).