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Charting the Course: The Roadmap to a Sustainable Blue Economy | 2nd Mission Arena region

We recently completed the second BlueMissionBANOS Arena in the colourful city of Riga, and we want to express our sincere thanks to all participants. Your active engagement and contributions over the two days of discussions, presentations, and workshops were truly invaluable. Now, we're excited to share the outcome of our collaborative efforts: the Roadmap for the Arena2 region!

The Roadmap, shaped by the participants votes on the final action points, outlines the top actions in six crucial policy fields, prioritised to guide our collective work. This strategic document aims to steer the blue economy towards being more climate-neutral, circular, and environmentally friendly. It’s not just a plan but a call to action, urging us all to integrate these priorities into our initiatives and projects in the coming months and years. The action points are organised around the following six thematic fields of the Arena: (1) freshwater and ocean regeneration; (2) marine protection, planning & policy; (3) sustainable fishery; (4) coastal communities, islands & tourism; (5) shipping & ports, and (6) business support.

Read the full Roadmap here:

Reflecting on the Arena2 Experience

The 2nd BlueMissionBANOS Arena event held in Riga brought together around 200 regional actors from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, and beyond. Over the course of the two-day event, participants and speakers exchanged in fifteen diverse workshops on existing initiatives, lessons learned, knowledge to be transferred and the most pressing remaining issues to be tackled in their region regarding the effective deployment of the Mission. The results of these discussions culminated in a stakeholders’ assembly, in which all participants had the opportunity to vote on the priority ranking of actions discussed, fine-tuned, and suggested within these workshops.

Stay Engaged with Arena Content

For those who couldn’t attend or wish to revisit the event’s rich content, we have made workshop summaries and presentations available on this special page on the Blue Mission Arena website. These resources are designed to keep the momentum going and provide valuable insights that can inspire ongoing and future projects.

Join the Mission Ocean Charter

Inspired by the discussions at the Arena? You can amplify your impact by signing the Mission Ocean Charter. By pledging your commitment to the Charter’s goals, you’ll join a broader community dedicated to sustainable ocean stewardship. Each signature strengthens our collective voice and reinforces our shared mission.

Looking Ahead: Amsterdam Awaits

Mark your calendars! Our third BlueMissionBANOS Arena will be held in Amsterdam on November 26-27. If you are active in the North Sea region and wish to participate, we encourage you to reach out to us at arena@bluemissionbanos.eu. We look forward to another round of dynamic discussions and valuable exchanges as we continue to champion the blue economy.

Thank you once again for your participation and dedication. Together, we can drive significant progress towards a sustainable and resilient blue economy. See you in Amsterdam!

For more details and to stay updated, visit the Blue Mission BANOS website.

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