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SUBMARINER at the Blue Economy Week (25 - 28.03) & MSP Forum (26 - 29.03), La Reunion Island, France  

SUBMARINER presented the MUSES project Ocean Multi-Use Action Plan during the Blue Economy Week and attended the Forum for Marine Spatial Planning organised by the region of Réunion Island, France.  

SUBMARINER presenting at the Blue Economy Week (25 - 28 March) on La Reunion Island, France 

The conference was an opportunity to learn about the linkage between Sustainable Blue Economy and Marine Spatial Planning facilitated through projects and initiatives worldwide. Among other, participants discussed the role of industry and maritime clusters in MSP and had an opportunity to learn more about financing opportunities for sustainable ocean initiatives. Especially discussed was the multi-use combination between aquaculture / or artisanal fisheries and tourism, given its high relevant in the region. Although, the Baltic Sea and Indian Ocean represent two quite different natural environments, many transferable practices were identified and the exchange of solutions in the context of innovative biotechnology solutions was very fruitful.  

SUBMARINER part of the MSPforum (26 - 29 March) on La Reunion, France 

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The second edition of the International Forum for Marine Spatial Planning (MSPforum) took place between 26-29 March 2019, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries(link is external) (DG MARE) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission(IOC-UNESCO).This was an excellent opportunity to exchange MSP practices and tools with over 50 MSP practitioners from more than 20 nationalities. Three panel discussions on the status of MSP in the Indian Ocean, stakeholder engagement and the sustainable blue economy allowed participants to learn about the experiences of national practitioners on issues related to transboundary MSP, funding, the science-policy interface and economic growth. Three technical workshops on land-sea interaction and integrated coastal zone management, sectors and stakeholders involved in MSP and the blue economy were organised in an interactive format to help build new knowledge to inform, guide and support MSP at global scale. An innovative approach to visiting and exchanging with local stakeholders was tested during the forum in a half day dedicated field session. The forum participants split into groups to meet representatives of public administration, energy, fisheries, tourism and civil society, to understand their needs and problems within the processes of MSP and the blue economy, their synergies with other stakeholder groups and more generally their relationship with the ocean. The groups then presented their findings and results during the afternoon’s plenary session. 

The next MSPforums are planned in Vigo, Spain, and Riga, Latvia, in May and November 2019 respectively.

Photo credit (collage): © MSPglobal – Second edition of the MSPforum organized in Réunion Island, France, between 26-29 March 2019.

Photo credit (title picture): Getty images/Zamir Popet

Source (both pictures): https://en.unesco.org/news/mspforum-reunion-island-highlights-synergies-blue-economy

 

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