NewsJean Monnet Centre issues new policy with contributions from B2E CoLAB

Jean Monnet Centre issues new policy with contributions from B2E CoLAB

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Blue Economy is set to launch a new policy directive focused on promoting ocean literacy in the blue economy sectors. This initiative, which brings together various stakeholders including the B2E – Blue Bioeconomy CoLAB, aims to address the urgent challenges faced by the Mediterranean region and to enhance understanding and awareness of the importance of marine sustainability.

The document “Promoting Ocean Literacy for Sustainability in Mediterranean Countries” highlights the critical need to engage the blue economy sectors in the promotion of ocean literacy. The Mediterranean region is a vital hub of sea-related economic activities, including fishing, aquaculture, maritime transport, and tourism. However, the sustainable development of these activities requires a deep understanding of marine ecosystems and a responsible approach from all stakeholders.

The policy document, explains Maria Coelho, coordinator of B2E CoLAB, “presents concrete recommendations to promote ocean literacy in the blue economy sectors of the Mediterranean.” These include “the creation of a regional ocean literacy strategy, the development of educational and awareness programs, and the promotion of collaboration between governments, academia, NGOs, and the private sector,” she points out.

The partnership between the Jean Monnet Centre and B2E CoLAB strengthens the collaboration between organizations committed to promoting a sustainable blue economy. The inclusion of B2E CoLAB in the Jean Monnet Centre’s network of experts acknowledges the Collaborative Laboratory’s expertise and commitment to driving research, innovation, and literacy actions towards a more sustainable future, particularly in Mediterranean countries.

In addition to B2E CoLAB and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Blue Economy, this policy directive also benefited from contributions by experts from EMUNI University (Slovenia), International Cooperation and Research Promotion (Italy), and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (Germany).

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