Diving across timeYou don't need to be Odysseus to travel across seas. You don't have to read Jules Verne to live an adventure and you don't need a time machine to travel through history. The Western Black Sea Cultural Heritage NIRD project seems to have found the way. Funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the project promotes underwater tourism in Romania and Bulgaria.
New funding opportunity: €14.5 million in Sustainable Blue Economy callThe European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call to foster Sustainable Blue Economy. The call with a total budget of €14.5 million focuses on four areas: Demonstration & market, fighting marine litter, blue networks and restoring ecosystems. The deadlines are 8 and 28 February 2018 depending on the particular strand you apply for.
Study: Unlocking blue growth opportunities in the EU's most remote regionsThe EU´s 9 outermost regions have unique features and assets for their maritime economy. A recent study financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has identified concrete opportunities to improve the competitiveness of the blue economies of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Martin, Madeira, the Azores and Canary Islands.
The internet of underwater things - exploring the history below the surfaceThere is undiscovered history below the surface and marine archeologists are set on getting a fuller picture with the help of internet. ARCHEOSUb (Autonomous underwater Robotic and sensing systems for Cultural Heritage discovery Conservation and in situ valorisation) is set to revolutionise the surveying, conservation, protection and valorisation of new and existing underwater cultural heritage sites.
Study: What are the best practices for cross-border maritime spatial planning?Over the last decade, an increasing number of countries have begun to design and implement maritime spatial plans at various scales - be it local initiatives or transnational efforts. This has been trigged by new business opportunities in emerging maritime industries such as offshore windmills, the reversal of negative environmental trends and better coordination of sectors. The new study published by the European Commission presents the best cross-border cooperation practices.
Our Ocean 2017 conference: Make your pledge for the oceanOn 5-6 October 2017 the European Union will host the fourth edition of the international conference 'Our Ocean – An Ocean for Life'. Human action has left our ocean heavily affected by pollution, overexploitation, coastal degradation and global warming. A new vision is needed, along with strong and action-oriented commitments. Now you too can share your pledge for the ocean action.
New study shows what data is needed for maritime spatial planningMaritime spatial planning (MSP) works across borders to ensure human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe and sustainable way. A new study presents an overview of what data and knowledge are needed by Member States for MSP decision making and implementing MSP legislation.
SURVEY: Marine protected areas - benefits or challenges?Marine protected areas (MPA) are a key conservation measure to safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity. They are established in an attempt to strike a balance between ecological constraints and economic activity. But what is their real impact? Do they represent a benefit or a challenge for "blue economy"? Take part in a survey!