Friday 25th of November 2016, Maritime Museum, Barcelona

Simultaneous translation into French/Catalan/Spanish/English will be provided.


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9h-9h15  Registration

9h15-9h30  Opening: Welcome to the participants

  • Marta Subirà, Secretary of Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia
  • Frederic Ximeno, Commissioner of Ecology, Barcelona City Council
  • Moderator: Jérémie Fosse, President, eco-union

9h30-11h State of the Mediterranean: A Region under Stress

The Mediterranean region is suffering multiple, complex and inter-connected crisis that put into danger its sustainable development. What is the current environmental, social, political and economic state of the Mediterranean region and what could be done to improve it in the near future?

  • María José Cornax, Policy and Advocacy Director of Oceana in Europe
  • Javier Albaracín, Socio-economic Director, European Institute of the Mediterranean
  • George Saliba, Ambassador, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
  • Matthieu Amiraux, head of Logistics, MSF Doctors Without Borders Spain
  • Moderator: Sander Laudy, Advisory board , eco-union & Partner, B01 Arquitectes

11h-11h30: Coffee break & Networking

11h30-13h Blue Economy in the Mediterranean: Swimming across Opportunities & Challenges

Blue Economy, sometimes called Blue growth, refers to the use of coastal and marine natural resources to develop territories. But what opportunities exist and which challenges should be addressed to guarantee a green and inclusive development in the Mediterranean region?

  • Key speaker: Óscar Esparza, Marine Protected Areas Coordinator, WWF Spain
  • Ann Dom, Deputy Director, Seas At Risk
  • Javier Ojeda, director, Spanish Marine Fish Farming Association (APROMAR)
  • Anne-France Didier, Director, Plan Bleu (UNEP/MAP)
  • Frederic Valls – Escola de Capacitació Nauticopesquera de Catalunya
  • Moderator: Aniol Esteban, Programme Director, New Economics Foundation (NEF)

13h-14h: Lunch

14h-16h: Parallel workshops

Sea Governance: Managing the commons (by IUCN-Med – Spanish):

Good governance is a key tool to co-manage in an efficient and sustainable way fragile marine and coastal areas and address emerging challenges on climate change, invasive species, shipping, tourism, etc. How to (re)invent new models of governance based on the participation of civil society, public administration and private actors?

  • Sandra Benbeniste, Director, Ibiza Preservation Fund
  • Puri Canals, President, Marine Protected Areas Network (MedPan)
  • Óscar Esparza, Marine Protected Areas Coordinator, WWF
  • Alessandra Sensi. Senior Project Manager, Water and Environment, UfM
  • Iolanda Piedra, president, Maritime Cluster of the Balearic Islands
  • Moderador: Andrés Alcántara, Corporate Department, IUCN-Med

A Sea of Challenges: Present & future of Mediterranean fisheries (by ENT Foundation – in Spanish/Catalan):

The decline of fish stocks and the loss of marine biodiversity, the impacts of climate change, marine pollution and invasive species combined with the promotion of “Blue Growth” and the lack of appropriate governance threaten the future of marine resources and fisheries in the Mediterranean. How can we reverse this trend and ensure a healthy future for marine resources and for fishing communities?

  • Lydia Chaparro, Fisheries Coordinator, ENT Foundation – MedReAct
  • María José Cornax, Policy and Advocacy Director of Oceana in Europe
  • Aniol Esteban, Programme Director, NEF
  • Brian O’Riordan, Deputy Director, Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE)
  • Sergio Rossi, Researcher ICTA, UAB University
  • Sergi Tudela, Director for Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Catalan Government
  • Moderator:  Miquel Martí, director, Palamós Fishing Museum

Marine Litter: Towards cleaner seas (by EUCC – in English/Spanish):

Marine litter is a consequence of our current lifestyle based on massive use of natural resources and our inability to fully deal with the volume of waste this produces. It damages the health of our oceans and threatens our society. How much do we know and where are the urgent gaps to fill so to ensure a significant advance towards a marine litter free Mediterranean Sea?

  • Ann Dom, Deputy Director, Seas at Risk
  • Pedro Fernández, EUCC Mediterranean Centre
  • Maria Ferreira, Coastal & Marine Union-EUCC; Secretariat of the EU MSFD Technical Group Marine Litter
  • Marta Martínez-Gil, Sea Protection Department, Spanish Ministry of Environment, MAPAMA
  • Maria Vidal i Tarrasón, Recycling department, Catalan Waste Agency
  • Magali Outters, Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC), UNEP MAP
  • Rafael Sarda, The Blanes Centre for Advanced Studies (CEAB), CSIC
  • Enrique GutiérrezDirector Urban Drainage, Aïgues de Barcelona
  • Moderator: Carolina Perez, Director, EUCC Mediterranean Centre

16h-16h15: Coffee Break & Networking

16h15-17h: Conclusions from the workshops and final closing

  • Andrés Alcántara, Corporate Department, IUCN-Med
  • Lydia Chaparro, Fisheries Coordinator, ENT Foundation & MedReAct
  • Carolina Perez, Director, EUCC Mediterranean Centre
  • Sergi Tudela, General Director for Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Catalan Government


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The Blue Eco Forum Presentation


Join also the BLUE FESTIVAL, the Blue Eco Forum side-event that will propose a wide range of cultural, educational and fun activities for children and adults.

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