One Mediterranean: practices, results and strategies for a common Sea 
BlueMed CSA Final Conference

The Mediterranean Sea is a crucial crossroad for the history, economy and culture of Europe, Middle East and North African countries. Many different interests depend on its resources, and the development of a coordinated plan for a shared, coherent and sustainable management is of paramount importance. Moreover, crucial issues like plastic pollution need to be tackled together by all Mediterranean countries, and pooling all relevant knowledge and people both from research and from the socio-political arena.

The BlueMed Initiative, launched in 2014, addresses these challenges, working on all the relevant levels, stimulating pan-Mediterranean network-building and coordinating thematic platforms. The co-building of a shared Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, the subsequent goals prioritisation and the development of their Implementation Plans, as well as the outcomes of the Pilot Initiative for a Healthy, Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea, of the Start Up Actions and of the Ambassadors’ Programme are the most mature achievements of the BlueMed work and will be presented during the conference.

The event will focus on the most relevant outcomes of the BlueMed CSA.

After intense collaborative work, the Mediterranean countries will showcase the process and results of the Pilot Initiative for a Healthy, Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea to tackle the marine litter issue. The voices of the BlueMed Pilot National Hubs and of key stakeholders will present this unique success story and envisage its future.

The BlueMed solid and widely participated cooperation process among countries led first to a co-owned Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and then to the endorsement of the Implementation Plan. These tools are conceived to serve future activities: the Strategic Joint Actions will be presented during the conference.

The BlueMed StartUp Actions, which worked on different topics but all encompassing the BlueMed prespective, will engage in a conversation and present their feasibility studies.

The BlueMed Young Ambassadors will share their exepriences and reflections and will engage in a dialogue with their colleagues from other Basins, with the aim of building future common paths, in the co-responsibility spirit of the One Planet-One Ocean approach.

The event will be organised in a lively and engaging way, making use of devoted tools to favour the active participation of all the attendees. A “graphic recording” by the illustrator and cartoonist Gabriele Peddes will highlight the discussion topics and support synthesis and confrontation.
Digital participation options and info
The event will be broadcasted from a digital hub located at CNR in Rome (Italy).

Please register to the conference via the form below 

A livestream will be provided and will be available on this page; the event will be also recorded.

Participants will also be able to connect via the Gotowebinar platform, where they will have the chance to interact with the speakers with questions or comments. In this case, in addition to filling the registration form below, attendees will be asked to fill a second registration form, only for purpose of joining the webinar platform (the link will be provided here at a later stage). For a better digital experience we advise any participant to download the app in advance at this page.

The official language will be English, but simultaneous interpretation will be provided in French and Arabic, via the Rafiky Connect app, which we recommend to download in advance on Google Play or App Store and to install it on the smartphone. During the conference, participants will have to simply switch off the English audio and listen to the simultaneous translation in the language of their choice on the smartphones (login credentials will be provided during the event).

For social posting, please mention the hashtag #OneMediterranean.
Info and contacts:
Participation in the conference is free. The registration form is availble below on this page.

The official language will be English, but simultaneous interpretation will be provided in French and Arabic (more technical details on how to use simoultaneous interpretation will be published here soon).

Date and location:
22-24 February 2021
on-line: digital hub at CNR – Rome, Italy

For further information please contact:

Press office reference contact:
Cecilia Migali from CNR Press Office:


Source CNR Italian National Research Council




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