The MARIBE project recently celebrated its launch at the European Maritime Day Conference in Athens. The conference brought together over 1300 participants to discuss the potential of the blue economy. It hosted high-level sessions and stakeholder workshops, attracting delegates and experts from across Europe and beyond. Speakers, including Ministers, Commissioners, CEOs and experts, discussed the spectrum of opportunities and great challenges that our coasts and seas present. They shared best practices and developed new synergies.
The MARIBE project celebrated its launch during the two day event. Stakeholders took the opportunity to visit the stand to learn more about the project from consortium members, including the project coordinator, Gordon Dalton (University College Cork), and representatives from partners, Swansea University and AquaBioTech. Constructive discussions were held with:
• Greek authorities (Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism)
• Research centres (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, University of Aegean, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens).
• Municipality of Piraeus.
• Maltese government officials and Aquaculture firms.
• Representatives from the Finnish Prime Minister’s office and the Maritime Day 2016 organisers – Turku City Council. Both extended invitations to the Maribe project for the hosting of Baltic workshops
MARIBE built strong connections with other projects and consortia present at the conference. Links were established with the European Commission’s Blue Growth strategy and in particular with sea basin strategy teams for the:
• Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic Action Plan team)
• Mediterranean Sea (ad hoc BLUEMED initiative working group)
• Baltic Sea (EUSBSR).
MARIBE also linked with the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum (BSF) which was launched at the event by Ziggy Grueber (Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries). It was agreed with Ziggy Greuber that MARIBE should contribute to the forum and that the MARIBE workshops and stakeholders would link to the new forum. Further details will be released over the coming months.
Left to right: Nikos Streftaris (Project Manager, Perseus Project), Dimitrios Pletsas (MARIBE consortium member, Swansea University), Evangelos Papathanassiou (Coordinator, Perseus Project and Research Director, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research), Gordon Dalton (MARIBE Project Coordinator, University College Cork), George D. Mantas (MARIBE consortium member, AquaBioTech Group).