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Programme on Sustainable Ocean Planning launched at the 2024 UN Ocean Decade Conference

12 Apr 2024

Focused on ‘delivering the science we need for the ocean we want’, the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference was hosted by the Government of Spain in Barcelona from 10-12 April 2024. The conference brought together the global Ocean Decade community and partners to celebrate and take stock of progress and set joint priorities for the future. On this occasion, the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership joined the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in launching a new Decade Programme for Sustainable Ocean Planning.

Partnership Symposium: on course towards a sustainable blue economy

4 Mar 2024

During two days in mid-February in the historic setting of Belgium's Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the European blue economy community gathered to chart a transformative course towards sustainability. The first Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership Symposium rallied the wider community from science, policy and business behind the Partnership’s efforts, informed firsthand about new projects and funding opportunities, and explored research and innovation-related areas which the Partnership could take on board during the coming years. 

Get to know our first projects

20 Feb 2024

The 19 projects selected in the first joint transnational call have been invited to present themselves through this digital poster exhibition. The exhibition will be updates as we receive new posters. To navigate between posters, please hover over the image and click the arrows. 

Upcoming events

30 MAY 2024

Addressing blue economy challenges, synergies and equality at the European Maritime Day 2024

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership will have a strong presence at the European Maritime Day 2024 in Svendborg, Denmark. The Partnership organises a workshop to highlight shared challenges, institutional inefficiencies and R&I gaps in the Blue Economy. In addition, the Partnership will be represented in the panel on of two other workshops.  

23 APR 2024-24 APR 2024

DOORS Stakeholder Conference: Black Sea Futures: Science, Prosperity, and People

The 1st DOORS Stakeholder Conference is set to take place in Bucharest, Romania, on 23-24 April 2024. This event promises an enriching program featuring esteemed panel discussions, interactive workshops, and a comprehensive showcase spotlighting Black Sea research and innovation.

7 JUN 2024

Blue Economy - The key towards Mediterranean regional Sustainability

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s workshop "Blue Economy - The key towards Mediterranean regional Sustainability," is part of the POSIDONIA International Shipping Exhibition in Athens in June 2024. The Partnership is committed to engaging key actors from academia, industry, government and civil society. The POSIDONIA workshop is an opportunity particularly for the maritime industry from the Mediterranean sea basin to learn more of what the Partnership can offer in terms of funding, networking and investment opportunities. Representatives from some of the projects funded by the Partnership will present their projects at the event.

11 APR 2024

Towards a Decade Programme for accelerating sustainable ocean management and planning

Sustainable Ocean Planning has been identified by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy as an umbrella plan for marine policies. Within a growing seascape of various international, regional and national commitments and initiatives on sustainable ocean planning, marine/maritime spatial planning and other ecosystem-based approaches, there is an opportunity to accelerate these efforts through the Ocean Decade. 

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Re-experience the "Charting the course towards a Sustainable Blue Economy" Symposium

13 Feb 2024

The first Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership Symposium took place on 13-14 February 2024. If you missed the event, or would like to re-experience parts of it, you can now watch the recorded sessions at your own convenience. The Symposium brought together thought leaders, experts, and practitioners to promote the transformation towards a sustainable blue economy. 

Partnership launches second joint transnational call

2 Feb 2024

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership is pleased to announce its second joint transnational call entitled “Unified Paths to a Climate-Neutral, Sustainable, and Resilient Blue Economy: Engaging Civil Society, Academia, Policy, and Industry».

Visit the call page for more information ->

Partnership decides on first batch of co-funded projects

20 Dec 2023

Nineteen projects are selected for funding in response to the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s first co-funded call ‘The way forward: a thriving sustainable blue economy for a brighter future.’

Paving the way for the blue transformation

26 Oct 2023

Experts from across sectors and disciplines participated in a series of workshops organised by the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership this autumn. Among them were three thematic forward-looking workshops where participants reflected on the state of play and developed recommendations for the future of the Partnership, as it is updating its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).  

The Partnership Intervention Areas for activities in 2024

26 Oct 2023

The General Assembly of the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership on 19 October approved four Intervention Areas that will guide the partnership’s co-funded calls and activities in 2024. These areas point to needs for Research & Innovation activities and investments that support the necessary transformation into a green and digital ocean economy. 

Fostering research, development, and innovation for a sustainable blue economy

26 Sep 2023

Brussels, 26 September 2023 - The Waterborne Technology Platform and the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP) announced enhanced cooperation which underlines both players’ firm commitment to develop a sustainable blue economy. 

94 pre-proposals for the 1st call

29 Jun 2023

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership received 94 pre-proposals in the 1st joint transnational call. The deadline for pre-proposals in the call  “The way forward: a thriving sustainable blue economy for a brighter future” was 14 April 2023. The results of the pre-proposal evaluation will be later confirmed in mid-July. Shortlisted consortia will be invited to submit full proposals by 13 September. 

Kickoff meeting highlights

  • Press
  • FP1
17 May 2023
3 min.

More than 150 participants from 32 different countries took part in the kickoff meeting for the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership in Rome on 25th January 2023.


Partnership kicks off in Rome

  • FP1
25 Jan 2023

From 23 to 25 January, the network of 60 Partners from 25 countries and the European Commission gathers in Rome to discuss and showcase its planned activities.