A Mediterranean Crisis

The Mediterranean Sea is a unique geographical and cultural space that unites 22 countries and over 450 million people, most of them living in the coastal strip. Breaking with its history of solidarity and shared prosperity, a series of crises is threatening its future.

At the environmental level, climate change and human pollution irreversibly degrade natural resources quality and weaken secure access to water, energy and food. At the geopolitical level, ideological, political and armed conflicts provoke uncontrolled migrations and social turbulences between and within countries. While at the economic level, high unemployment and low competitiveness increase poverty and inequalities among citizens.

The Eco Forum, a place for change

The eco-forum aims to reflect on those major regional challenges from a collaborative, creative and participative way. It puts the focus on the Mediterranean Sea as a source of opportunities for common well-being. It imagines new solutions towards a more sustainable and inclusive development of the Mediterranean region.

This event, organized by Mediterranean civil society, offers debates, workshops, exhibitions and meetings -virtual and face-to-face- with the participation of key stakeholders from the Euro-Mediterranean political, economic and social world.

2021 edition: Towards Sustainable Blue Food in the Mediterranean

Blue food makes a significant contribution to food security, and it has the potential to play a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by supporting healthier, more sustainable, more equitable food systems. In the Mediterranean, Blue food is one of the most important sectors of the blue economy with a strong impact on biodiversity and ecosystem preservation. Shifting the way blue food is produced, regulated and consumed is critical to promote resilient Mediterranean societies. Planning, market and management tools such as Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), ecological footprint or carrying capacity, among others, will be analysed to provide key insights, policy recommendations and shared visions to strengthen the sound development of blue food and resilient societies in the Mediterranean region.

Register here




Free entrance
Discussions in Spanish and English with simultaneous interpretation



Audience & Participants

The event is open to a wide-range of participants from the Mediterranean region, including:

  • Technicians from local, regional and international public institutions 
  • Representatives of organized civil society 
  • Academics, researchers and students of environmental, economic and social careers
  • Representatives of local communities, city and regional authorities
  • Actors of the Blue Economy, in particular from coastal tourism, fisheries and aquaculture, marine energies, bio-technologies, maritime transport, ports & harbours, environmental conservation, etc.
  • Actors of the Solidarity Economy, including associations, foundations, cooperatives, social businesses, impact-driven start-ups, etc.
  • Researchers, experts and public/private investment and development agencies
  • Professionals and citizens interested in social and environmental sustainability and Euro-Mediterranean affairs