Blue growth - Added value of cooperating in project clusters
The objective of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region workshop is to explore the needs and wants for project clusters in the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Europe in the area of blue growth. Aims of the workshop include mapping out thematic preferences for clustering from policy and project level in the area of blue growth as well as the feasibility of implementing clusters in the existing framework of the different funding programmes.
The approach used at the workshop will provide space for opinion, expectations and experiences to come into place. This will all feed into the assessment of the possibilities that are available to realise the idea of project clusters in the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Europe.
The expected outcome is to obtain information from workshop participants as to whether there is a demand for Interreg Baltic Sea Region to provide leadership in the creation of project clusters in this particular field.
Blue growth - understood as a smart, sustainable and inclusive economic and employment growth from the sea and coasts provides opportunities for the Baltic Sea Region as it holds growing potential for the economic use of resources and protection of its environment. Economic sectors that rely on sea resources in order to develop sustainable business opportunities include the traditional maritime economy, such as fisheries and coastal tourism and novel sectors, such as wind and wave energy, aquaculture, blue biotechnology, and mussel farming. With the blue growth objective the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme wants to advance sustainable and resource-efficient blue growth based on increased capacity of public authorities and practitioners within the blue economy sectors.