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2 IATE - 6th EDITION ROUND TABLE BLUE GROWTH AND TOURISM Rimini, June 23, 2017 Coastal and maritime tourism in the frame of the European Blue Growth strategies Fabio Fava IT Representative: i) Horizon2020 SC2 committee, ii) States Representatives Group, PPP Biobased Industry JU, and iii) BLUEMED Strategic Board DICAM, School of Engineering, University of Bologna

3 Sustainable Tourism in Europe As the third largest socio-economic activity in the EU, tourism is important for growth and employment. Despite the depth of the economic crisis, the tourist industry in the EU has proved resilient with numbers of tourist trips remaining high.

4 Costal and marine Tourism in Europe (a) Coastal and maritime tourism has been identified as one of the five Blue Growth priority areas that could deliver sustainable growth and jobs and contribute to the emergence of European and Mediterranean countries from the economic crisis. The coastal tourism industry is by far the largest employer in the blue economy. Employment in maritime and coastal industry in EU (in 1000s jobs) Emerging new areas: Underwater cultural heritage; Pescatourism or fishing tourism. After: A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Costal and Maritime Tourism, EU Comm

5 Costal and marine Tourism in Europe (b) Gross value added in maritime and coastal industry in EU (in bln) After: A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Costal and Maritime Tourism, EU Comm

6 Costal and marine Tourism in Europe: challenges

7 Costal & marine Tourism in EU: funding opportunities The European Structural and Investment Funds can co-finance sustainable tourism investments linked to ICT, entrepreneurship, SME s competitiveness, energy efficiency, employment and labour mobility, exchange of good practices, transnational networks The Creative Europe programme supports synergies between cultural and nature tourism, including coastal and maritime heritage. The Erasmus+ programme helps in terms of employability, new sector curricula and innovative forms of vocational teaching and training. The LIFE+ programme can co-finance innovative projects affecting coastal and maritime tourism and resource efficiency. The European Investment Bank provides SMEs with financing for investments in tourism and/or in convergence regions. The COSME framework programme aims to enhance SME competitiveness, increase tourism demand, diversify offer and products, and enhance quality, sustainability, accessibility, skills and innovation. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument for the EU s research and innovation strategy, with Blue Growth as one of its focus areas.

8 BLUE GROWTH IN THE FRAME OF HORIZON 2020 orizon2020, the EU Commission research & innovation funding programme (~79 Billion, ) Excellent Science Industrial Leadership Societal Challenges European Research Council Future and Emerging Technologies Marie Curie Actions Research Infrastructure Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (NMPB) Access to risk finance Innovation in SMEs 1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing 2. Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research & bioeconomy 3. Secure, clean and efficient energy 4. Smart, green and integrated transport 5. Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials 5. Inclusive, innovative and reflecting societies 6. Secure societies

9 The BLUEMED initiative RESEARCH AND INNOVATION INITIATIVE FOR BLUE JOBS AND GROWTH IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA (THE BLUEMED INITIATIVE)

10 The BLUEMED initiative The BLUEMED Initiative fosters integration of knowledge and efforts of EU member states of the Mediterranean Basin to jointly create new blue jobs and a sustainable industrial growth in the marine and maritime sectors of the area. It was a priority of the Programme of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union:., the Presidency will organise specific events and work with the Commission and Member States to define a Blue Growth flagship initiative for the Mediterranean. Work goes on under the Italian coordination with 9 other EU Member States (except Portugal and Belgium, all bordering the Mediterranean): Cyprus, Croatia, France, Greece, Malta, Slovenia, Spain and - since July 2014 Portugal and, since May 2015, Belgium. The process is supported and facilitated by the European Commission (DG RTD, DG MARE).

11 BLUEMED Strategic R&I Agenda: 12 Key Challenges Key enabling knowledge for the Mediterranean Mediterranean Sea ecosystems: services, resources, vulnerability and resilience to natural and anthropogenic pressures Mediterranean Sea dynamics: developing services in the filed of sustainable adaptation and to climate change and plans for mitigation; Hazards and protection of coastal areas in the Mediterranean Key sectorial enablers in the Mediterranean Innovative business based on marine bio-resources in the Mediterranean Ecosystem-based management of Mediterranean aquaculture and fisheries Sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean Maritime clusters in the Mediterranean Maritime Spatial Planning & Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean Enabling technology and capacity creation for the Mediterranean Smart, greener maritime transport and facilities in the Mediterranean Observing systems and operational oceanography capacities in the Mediterranean Multi-purpose off-shore platforms in the Mediterranean Marine and costal cultural heritage in the Mediterranean: discovering, protecting and valuing

12 BLUEMED initiative: governance & implementation The BLUEMED Strategic Board, coordinated by IT, DG R&I and DG MARE, joined by Representatives from CY, HR, FR, GR, MT, ES, PT and BE: strategic planning The BLUEMED CSA, coordinated by IT (CNR) and joined by R&I partners from CY, HR, FR, GR, MT, ES, and PT: implementation of BLUEMED priorities and strategies in the whole MED. spread the BLUEMED concept maximize impacts promote common R&I priorities jointly meet future challenges guarantee the BLUEMED sustainability

13 The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)(DG REGIO)

14 Pillar 4: Sustainable Tourism SO 2.1: Promote the sustainable valorisation of natural and cultural assets as growth assets in the Adriatic-Ionian area Creation of transnational networks and working groups for the definition of the principles of sustainable cultural/natural and tourism valorisation. Pillar 4: Sustainable Tourism Croatia & Albania Diversified tourism offer (products & services); Sustainable & responsible tourism management (innovation & quality) Support to the exchange of best practices for the identification of challenges and trends in the tourism sector including marketing, management of increased tourism flows, including joint analysis of tourism, trends and their potential impact, joint access to new tourism markets, business opportunities and dissemination of new technologies and knowhow. Development of sustainable tourism models focusing on low carbon, on air quality improvement and decreasing PM and NO2 emissions, low ecological footprint, slow food, involvement of young people and volunteers and other alternative offerings in line with the natural and cultural heritage. Development of an integrated and coordinated approach to heritage and cultural tourism. 14 Etc..

15 Towards a Sustainable Blue Economy Initiative for the Western Mediterranean(WEST MED)(DG MARE) Sustainable consumption and production (maritime transport, ports, maritime and coastal tourism, marine aquaculture)...i) develop new theme-based tourist products and services including: natural, cultural and historical itineraries (including underwater), nautical and cruise tourism, sustainable marinas, pesca-tourism, fisheries, cultural heritage and recreational fishing; ii) building eco-friendly artificial reefs; iii) protecting and restoring coastal ecosystems (beaches and dunes) on the islands, iv) linking up sea and inland attractors (eno-gastronomy, culture, sports, etc.), and v) recognising skipper licences.

16 BLUEMED initiative impacts Knowledge Management Operation Awareness

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