First Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership Symposium: Charting the course towards a Sustainable Blue Economy

First Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership Symposium: Charting the course towards a Sustainable Blue Economy

Practical information

Event Date
Tuesday 13, February 2024 - 09:00:00
Sector of Activity
Biodiversity Blue Economy Blue Growth Climate Change Environmental monitoring Environmental ressources Fisheries and Acquaculture Marine aquaculture Marine biotechnology Maritime industry Maritime Technologies Ocean renewable energy Pollution response Protection of habitats Renewable Energy Research & innovation Safety and Security


About the Partnership

The Partnership is dedicated to accelerating the shift towards a climate-neutral, sustainable, productive, and competitive blue economy, with the overarching goal of enhancing the ocean's health, resilience, and services to people. By fostering economic activities that are climate-neutral, sustainable, and productive, the Partnership envisions a healthy ocean for the people by 2050.


By 2030: Propel the transformation towards a climate-neutral, sustainable, productive, and competitive blue economy.

By 2050: Establish and support conditions for a healthy ocean for the people.

Aligned with key EU policy objectives, such as the Green transition, digital transformation, and recovery, the Partnership aims to contribute significantly to the Sustainable Development Goals.


Planned Investments: €450 million over 7 years.


A collaborative effort with 60 partners across 25 countries and the European Commission.

Intervention Areas

The Intervention Areas are set in the Annual Work Programme of the Partnership and are based on the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the Member States and Associated Countries’ priorities. Intervention Areas for future calls and activities will be developed according to an annual cycle. 

  1. Digital Twins of the Ocean: Aims at developing twin technology for spatially limited areas at sea-basin level to enhance understanding and support AI-based simulation and prediction capabilities for European oceans.

  2. Blue Economy Sectors: Encompasses all sectors of the blue economy, emphasizing green and digital transitions, co-existence, and multi-use of activities and infrastructures at sea.

  3. Managing Sea-Uses: Addresses the need for innovative tools and approaches in the sustainable planning and management of sea-uses, focusing on the regional dimension.

  4. Blue Bioresources: Focuses on research and innovation to support a just transition to the sustainable production and utilization of blue bioresources, prioritizing environmental sustainability and meeting the demand for healthy and affordable blue products.

How Can You Engage?

The Partnership encourages engagement from stakeholders across ocean industry sectors, policy, scientific disciplines, and civil society. Over the seven-year timeframe (2022-2029), stakeholders can participate in six co-funded calls. The Partnership also plans to add value through complementary actions and resource mobilization, including research infrastructures, thematic programs, and streamlining other funding sources. The Partnership engages at sea basin and global levels, seeking synergies with other initiatives and establishing a community of practice for collaborative activity design.