The FISH MED NET project highlights fisheries diversification in the partner territories in its fourth newsletter
In recent months, events have been organised in Corsica (France), Italy, Tunisia, and Lebanon to promote the project and discuss the importance of fisheries diversification and the blue economy as well as the usefulness of creating Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).
The Assises Régionales de la Mer in Ajaccio, Corsica, brought together public and private stakeholders in the region's maritime economy, and the FISH MED NET project was also presented at the Ateliers du Tourisme Durable in Porto Vecchio.
Legacoop Agroalimentare, one of the project partners, organised three events to promote FISH MED NET in the regions of Sardinia, Puglia and Liguria. These events provided an opportunity to discuss fisheries-related aspects and the creation of a sustainable working environment in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The events also allowed Legacoop Agroalimentare to collect the first business alliance agreements in the Puglia region.
The Palestinian partner ESDC also participated in the celebration of Mediterranean Day by producing a short video about fishermen in Gaza, which explores the meanings of the Mediterranean according to the five senses. The videos are available on the project's YouTube channel.
This fourth newsletter also details the "Blue Growth Symposium" event that took place on 17-18 January 2023 in Beirut, Lebanon. Organised by the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, the event focused on the theme of the blue economy. Key institutional stakeholders and representatives of other ENI CBC MED projects were invited to share their knowledge and ideas for collaborative economic, social and environmental development in the blue economy. Speakers highlighted the importance of collaboration between partners for the success of projects and the need to empower those involved. The event concluded with the steering committee meeting and testimonies of successful local tourism and aquaculture development projects in Egypt, which prompted further reflections on possible synergies for the projects.
Finally, Newsletter 4 highlights the collaboration and public-private partnerships at the heart of the FISH MED NET project. The partners have collected the first signatures of business partnership agreements, strengthening collaboration between fishermen in the regions where the project has been implemented. The Palestinian partner ESDC has officially signed 10 business alliances with fishing companies active in diversification activities.
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