The Coast Day was launched in 2007 to increase environmental awareness among policy makers, academia, media, NGOs and the locals of the importance of the Mediterranean coast as a natural, cultural and economic resource, and the risks it currently faces.
This year’s regional celebration will be organised in Barcelona, Spain, and its focus will be on the “Blue Economy”, especially on the sustainability of key economic sectors supported by the Mediterranean coastal ecosystem such as fisheries, tourism, renewable energy and marine transport.
The first part of the event is dedicated to presentations around the concept of sustainable blue economy as well as discussion on good examples and best practices, while the second part provides more entertaining activities aimed at a wider audience.
International and Spanish experts will introduce the subject, present a study prepared by the Plan Bleu, as well as some concrete examples of blue economy social and eco innovations.
Invited participants include Mediterranean governmental representatives, UNEP/MAP representatives, distinguished foreign guests, and representatives of international organisations in Spain and Catalunya, as well as local authorities, NGOs and local associations.
Ambassador George Saliba will attend this event as representative of the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat.