Current European project involving EBI:
In a nutshell
Duration: 18 months
To maintain biodiversity and natural ecosystems through strengthening the management and networking of protected areas.
The project aims to capitalize on existing projects addressing the potential conflicts and/or synergies between MPAs and the Maritime industries and to produce specific recommendations for the Mediterranean context that can support authorities in charge of MPA management, MSFD, Maritime Spatial Planning and ICZM implementation. In particular, the following sectors and their relationships with MPAs will be addressed: offshore oil and gas, maritime transport, cruise, offshore renewable energy, aquaculture, leisure boating.
Key expected outcomes
- Production of specific sector guidelines/recommendations on the links between MPAs and Maritime Economic Sectors.
- Replication mechanism for disseminating these guidelines/recommendations through the MedPAN network and the Barcelona Convention
- Memorandum of Understanding with organisations representing maritime industries
- Memorandum of Understanding with specific MPAs and MOU with IUCN Green List
- Reference to these guidelines/recommendations in MSP frameworks, at national, regional and transnational level
In a nutshell
Duration: 4 years
The Blue Economy employment demand is set to more than double by 2030, young people are not being attracted to maritime careers (European Commission SWD (2017) 130) and maritime businesses cannot find the required workforce, skills and profiles. On the other hand, the EU has 4,6 M € unemployed young people, 6.6 M NEETs in the age group of 15 and 24 plus 7.4 M of young people between 25 and 29 years who encounter strong difficulties entering the labour market.
The objective of the Blue Generation project is to inspire and engage youth between 15 and 29 years that are NEETs ((Not in Employment, Education or Training) or at risk of becoming NEETs, to consider and pursue a sustainable career and new opportunities in one of the Blue Economy growth areas: coastal tourism, aquaculture, ocean energy, marine biotechnology and maritime transport.
Key expected outcomes
To reach this aim the Blue Generation project will:
1. Organise a seminar between experts and youth organisations to share knowledge about skills needed, open jobs position and existing training.
2. Increase awareness of the Blue Career opportunities among the Target Groups through the planning and organization of Promotional Activities and the development of a Blue Career Guide.
3. Increase the professional and educational interest of youth by specifically targeting and engaging high schools, adult education centre, NGOs, unemployment services and local associations.
4. Direct interested youth through skills validation and personal mentoring to suitable opportunities.
5. Increase the transnational engagement and inspiration of interested youth through short International Blue Exchanges.
6. Increase the number of employment and training among youth through jobs and internships on the Blue Career Job Platform.
7. Facilitate the transferability of the Blue Generation Program by writing a Blueprint guide and organising two International Conferences.
8. Strengthen the transnational relationship between youth and the maritime sector by developing the Blue Career Job Platform and creating a Network to ensure the lasting effect of the project.
As result, it is envisaged to reach up to 39,000 young people with the promotional activities and convert at least 2,000 of them to employment or training in the Blue Economy.