World Environment Day 2022: tackling the transition to sustainable blue economy in the Mediterranean

June 6, 2022
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The World Environment Day 2022 calls for transformative changes in policies, including ensuring that maritime activities are sustainable, innovative and job-creation oriented.

In order to tackle blue economy challenges, the UfM and the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG Mare) are organising the UfM Blue Finance Conference on 22 June in Barcelona, bringing together financial institutions, banks, private investors as well as key representatives of the UfM countries. 

« The ocean economy is expected to double to $3 trillion by 2030, employing 40 million people, as compared to 2010” highlights the UfM Secretary General Nasser Kamel. “Opportunities for sustainable innovations are evident for green shipping, sustainable aquaculture and fisheries, as well as maritime and coastal tourism in the region – all activities that have provided jobs in the past and can still play a pivotal role in the future of the region. »

The Mediterranean Basin is also impacted on land by change in climate, population increase, pollution and unsustainable land use. The UfM Environment Agenda, also called 2030 GreenerMed Agenda, provides a regional structured political framework and operational convergence to accelerate the transition towards a green, circular and inclusive economy.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia