Leonardo Manzari from WestMED Italy at Departibus 2024 on the main stage presenting results of Green Shipping technical group

WestMED at DEPORTIBUS 2024: the first European port festival

WestMED was highlighted at DEPORTIBUS 2024 ; the first European festival with 3 days celebrating port-related themes, including maritime exploration, sustainability, smart cities, and more.

Activities ranged from technical summits, guided tours and concerts to author meet-ups, regattas, and film screenings. The festival engaged at various locations across La Spezia-Italy, making it a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the city’s maritime spirit.

This first edition took place from 12-15 May 2024 and attracted more than 3000 participants, including representatives from more than 50 insitutions, more than 80 speakers and more than 10 port authorites from different parts of the world

On Saturday 11 May 2024, Leonardo Manzari from WestMED Italy and WestMED’s Green Shipping Technical Group, presented the Initiative and its activities on the main festival stage in La Spezia, Italy. It was a unique opportuniy to present the Initiative and its activities to other professionals and the public.

The DEPORTIBUS Festival is a dynamic event that travels to different cities each year, celebrating the global connections of ports. It’s like a maritime adventure that unfolds in various locations, Keep an eye out for announcements about next year’s host city—it could be anywhere from bustling coastal hubs to hidden gems! 

Visit the DEPORTIBUS website

Contact Leonardo Manzari (WestMED National Hub Italy)

Libya takes a major step towards a national blue economy strategy with African Union support

A National Stakeholders Consultation and Validation workshop for the National Blue Economy Strategy in Libya has been held under the auspices of the African Union from May 13-15, 2024 in Mombasa, Kenya.

Many ministries incl transport and maritime transport, economy and trade, the oil sector, the Libyan Ports Authority, the Ministry of Tourism, the General Secretariat, the National Aquaculture Project in Libya, and other sector representatives, participated in this workshop dedicated to the blue economy in Libya.

The workshop was rich with lecturers and many experts from different countries of the world. Leonardo Manzari (WestMED National Hub Italy) and Matteo Bocci (WestMED and EU Sea Basin Assistance Mechanism central team) also participated and shared valuable information on the blue economy in Africa with a focus on Libya.

Ali Shagrune (Libyan National Coordinator and member of the WestMED Steering Committee) and Masauda Abuarosha (WestMED Centre Libya) both were pivotal for the success of this event.

This workshop is part of an initiative by the African Union aimed at supporting a number of member states in Africa to develop blue economy strategies. This is made possible with funding by the Kingdom of Norway.

The workshop also jumpstarted discussions between the WestMED and the African Union with an open invitation to cooperate by Dr Hellen Guebama from the Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)

See agenda

Group of people posing in an office room. decarbonsation meeting

The Atlantic Action Plan, WestMED Initiative, Port of Vigo, DG MARE, MAPA and the Energy Transition Partnership streamline port and vessel decarbonization actions

On May 13, 2024 a meeting was held in Brussels to discuss concrete decarbonization opportunities for ports and vessels between some major stakeholders and EU policy makers

The meeting was attended by the WestMED National Hub Spain, the Atlantic Action Plan (AAP), DG MARE, Vigo Port Authorities, the Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA).

Marta Pascual (WestMED & Atlantic National Hub Spain/ member of WestMED’s Technical Group on Green Shipping) and Gerardo González (Port Authority of Vigo), presented their respective decarbonization prototype reports. The observations and suggestions in these reports were based on stakeholder discussions held in Mahón, Menorca for the WestMED and Vigo, Spain for the Atlantic.

Carlos Botana, president of the Port Authotity Vigo (and  Atlantic Action Plan – Pillar 1 coordinator on ports) also presented a roadmap on potential energy sources and the prototypes needed to facilitate the energy transition of the different maritime fleets.

The discussion focused on the main challenges encountered when finding solutions for energy sources and adapting the various maritime fleets towards the energy transition needs. The proposed prototypes were analyzed,  potential funding opportunities discussed and ways of collaboration explored to increase critical mass for joint and coordinated action.

This mutual exchange was productive with specific follow-up actions agreed amongst the participants to advance these decarbonization efforts both through the WestMED Initiative and the Atlantic Action Plan.

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For more information contact Marta Pascual (WestMED National Hub Spain)

Read the press release by the Port Authority of Vigo


16,00 – 16,10 Tour de table with presentations of those participating (all present)
16,10 – 16, 20 Context of both documents to be presented at the meeting


Marta Pascual – Spanish National Hub Atlantic Action Plan & WestMED Initiative

16,20 – 16,35 Presentation of the Atlantic Pillar I decarbonization prototypes report


Gerardo González – AAP Vigo

16,35 – 16,45 Presentation of the Blue Growth Strategy of Port of Vigo


Carlos Botana – President of Port Authority of Vigo

16,45 – 17,00 Presentation of the WestMED decarbonization prototypes report


Marta Pascual – Spanish National Hub Atlantic Action Plan & WestMED Initiative

17,00 – 17,10 Presentation of the needs and potential funding opportunities for such prototypes


Marta Pascual – Spanish National Hub Atlantic Action Plan & WestMED Initiative

17,10 – 17,45 Open discussion between ETP team and participants to seek for synergies, collaboration opportunities, how some of these could be embedded into the 2024 ETP roadmap, etc


All present

17,45 – 18,00 Closing remarks and closing of the meeting

 Ana Peralta – DG MARE / Carlos Botana – AAP Vigo / Francisco Manuel Fernández Martínez – MAPA / Marta Pascual – AAP & WestMED


emfaf 10 years announcement poster with two photos from a school of fish and a rocky coastline

Celebrating 10 years of EMFF/EMFAF – the European Maritime, Fisheries (and Aquaculture) Fund!

On 15 May 2014, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Regulation was adopted. This also marked the date when for the first time, the European Commission delegated the implementation of part of the fund to a European Executive Agency and new funding possibilities opened for beneficiaries.

In the past ten years, the fund has achieved great results, supporting fisheries science and innovative blue economy solutions for citizens, companies, fishing and coastal communities and the environment.

Since 2021, the fund is called European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), and is managed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). It supports the EU Common Fisheries Policy, the EU Integrated Maritime Policy and the EU agenda for international ocean governance through a diversified portfolio of actions.

This year, CINEA will be celebrating the great achievements of the fund and give extra visibility to the projects and the fund via several actions during the year.

Would you like to join?

  • Post on your social media:
    1. explaining how the EMFF/EMFAF funding helped your innovation. In alternative, you can use the following text “We are proud to contribute to a more sustainable blue economy in Europe, thanks to the EU #EMFAF funding (or #EMFF, according to which year your project has been funded). Happy #10yearsEMFaF.”
    2. Do not forget to use #10yearsEMFaF
    3. Use this visual as it is, or in its editable form.
  • Send a testimony of how the EMFF/EMFAF funding supported your project. CINEA will be happy to promote it on their social media platforms. Use the following email address to get in touch: CINEA-COMMUNICATION-EMFAF@ec.europa.eu.
  • Talk about the anniversary at the events where you take part.


What has been achieved in 10 years?

The European Maritime, Fisheries (and Aquaculture Fund) has a total budget of EUR 12.508 billion for the period 2014-2027. Part of the fund is directly managed by the European Commission and its Executive Agency since 2014, in complementarity with the EU Member States, which manage the rest of the fund by financing national projects.

For the period 2014-2024, the Executive Agency funded more than 500 actions, with a budget of EUR 389.5 million, reaching more than 8,000 stakeholders. In only 10 years:

  • Highly innovative projects in all blue economy sectors developed new technologies and sustainable solutions, filled knowledge and gender gaps, introduced bio-based marketable products, addressed the issue of unexploded ammunitions at sea and much more. More than 1,000 beneficiaries have been supported!
  • 109 published studies provided scientific advice for fisheries, supporting policy decisions and the sustainable management of marine resources;
  • International ocean governance was fostered through dialogues and actions, including with indigenous people in the Arctic area;
  • Guidance and cross border exchanges supported EU Member States in the elaboration of their maritime spatial plans and the implementation of the EU MSP Directive, also through the establishment of the European Blue Forum;
  • 530 stakeholders benefitted from the EU Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism, aimed at supporting EU Member States, the EU aquaculture industry and other relevant economic players in implementing the “Strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture;
  • 472 companies and investors have benefitted from coaching, investment readiness and fundraising assistance thanks to BlueInvest since 2019;
  • The EU4Algae community, counting on 927 stakeholders, is working to scale-up a resilient and climate-friendly algae industry since 2020;
  • Through the EU4Ocean, 926 stakeholders have been involved in ocean literacy activities and 382 schools have been certified Blue Schools;
  • EMODnet streamlined access to marine data through the creation of a central portal, providing a single access point for an easy and free access to marine environmental and human activities data;
  • 3717 stakeholders networked and benefitted from events and activities under the sea basin strategy assistance mechanism for the Atlantic, WestMed and Black Sea.

These are only some of the fund’s big accomplishments and much more is to come in the coming years!

Manolis Annetis presenting at WestMED-OurOcean Conference 2024 Conference

WestMED highlights the power of regional cooperation at Our Ocean Conference 2024

On 16 April 2024, The WestMED Asistance Mechanism organised a side-event at the 9th edition of the Our Ocean Conference in Athens, Greece.

Attendance to the Conference was by invitation only; extended to representatives from countries, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, academia, philanthropists, and the private sector, all of whom demonstrate a dedicated commitment to the protection of the ocean.

During the conference, participants discussed critical topics related to ocean health and sustainability, including marine protected areas, sustainable blue economies, climate change, maritime security, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution and green shipping.

These discussions aimed to foster collaboration and implement effective solutions for safeguarding our oceans’ delicate equilibrium

Additionally, the conference received more than 460 commitments worth USD 11.35 billion across the six issue areas, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts to protect ocean health and security

WestMED workshop – Emerging impacts of regional cooperation
One of the discussions that took place was a side-event organised by the WestMED Assistance Mechanism and  moderated by Thanos Smanis. It was titled ‘Emerging impacts of regional cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea – with a special focus on green shipping and sustainable coastal tourism.’

In the opening remarks Orlando Costa (Portuguese directorate for maritime policy and WestMED’s current copresidency) outlined the shared objectives between the Our Ocean Conference and the WestMED Initiative focused on supporting a sustaiable blue economy.

Thanos Smanis then highlighted the results that have been achieved through the WestMED Initiative with  partnerships and discussions that have been formed and consist of organisations from Northern and Southern shore countries. Increasingly, project cooperations are established across the full Mediterranean sea basin, especially when applying for cross-border funding opportunities.

EU funded project cooperation examples
The 2nd part of this workshop was reserved for 3 projects that were awarded funding with the support of the WestMED Assistance Mechanism and focused on green shipping and decarbonisation, sustainable tourism in coastal areas and blue skills.

Manolis Annetis from the Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion in Greece presented ‘Greenmed – Green Shipping Pathways Towards a Clean Energy Transition in the Mediterranean’. GreenMED is a regionally oriented project aiming to effectively support green shipping efforts in the Mediterranean Sea basin, by promoting plausible scenario-based decarbonisation pathways.

Amal Muntaser from X23 took the floor to present WeMED NATOUR and ECO-Cruising FU TOUR that aims at enhancing sustainable coastal tourism. She stressed the importance of smart technologies, digitalization, education and training

Ioannis Argyriou from the Technical University of Crete presented ‘Blue Ports – Blue careers in net zero energy ports’  with the objective to help port staff and port authorities with practical tips and smart tools to cover the gap between current port services and targets of the European Green Deal, including the Sustainable Blue Economy Strategy until 2030 and 2050.

The presentations resulted in an animated in-depth discussion amongst the approx 30 participants,  focused on the projects as well as the broader topic of decarbonization efforts and technologies.

This workshop and the ensuing discussions aligned with the many interesting and well received dynamic thematic side-event sessions that were held throughout this conference.

For more information mail thanos.smanis@westmed-initiative.ec.europa.eu

Orlando Costa | Portuguese directorate for maritime policy (DGPM)

Manolis Annetis presenting at WestMED-OurOcean Conference 2024 ConferenceManolis Annetsis | Greenmed

Amal Muntaser presenting at WestMED-OurOcean Conference 2024 Conference

Amal Muntaser | WeMED NATOUR and ECO-Cruising FU TOUR

Ioannis Argyriou presenting at WestMED-OurOcean Conference 2024

Ioannis Argyriou | Blue Ports


Group picture of Management Committee members RethinkBlue - 2024 Zadar

Malta represented at International Conference on Blue Economy

On 23-24 April 2024, the first RethinkBlue international conference was organized by EU COST Action CA22122 – Rethinking the Blue Economy: Socio-Ecological Impacts and Opportunities, with the support of COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology, the University of Zadar, and the Croatian Science Foundation.

During the conference, scholars and other experts discussed and presented research on issues related to social, environmental and economic aspects of the Blue Economy. This included maritime occupations; food security; sustainable blue consumption; port cities; coastal communities; fisheries governance; marine tourism; emergent activities; climate change; and natural hazards.

The RethinkBlue conference was opened by the Chairperson of RethinkBlue, Dr Dražen Cepić and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zadar Prof Zvjezdan Penezić.

Malta was represented by RethinkBlue Management Committee members Prof Michael Briguglio and Matthew Laspina. Prof Briguglio and Prof Godfrey Baldacchino also presented their respective research during the conference.

Download the book of abstracts

Photo: Management Committee members RethinkBlue


Group of people discussion in Mahon Menorca during WestMED national event on 17 april 2024

WestMED España organiza una interesante jornada participativa para abordar ideas concretas de prototipos para la descarbonización de puertos, buques pesqueros y recreativos en Mahón, Menorca

English version

El pasado 17 de Abril de 2024 se celebró de 10.00 a 14.00 horas en Mahón el evento ‘Prototipos para la descarbonización de Puertos, Buques pesqueros y Recreativos. ’ (ver agenda)

Este evento Nacional que el Mecanismo de Asistencia de la Iniciativa WestMED ha organizado en España a través de su brazo ejecutor en el país y en colaboración con el Clúster Marítimo y Logístico de las Illes Balears.

El evento, que se celebró en la Sala Claustre del Carme en la ciudad de Mahón, contó con una destacadísima participación de expertos nacionales e internacionales en ámbitos de la descarbonización de puertos, buques pesqueros y buques recreativos.

El workshop participativo congregó a un total de 46 personas, representantes de puertos, organismos y sector pesquero, clústeres, GALPs, asociaciones, sector recreativo marino, puertos deportivos, puertos pesqueros, proveedores tecnológicos, desarrolladores de infraestructuras portuarias, investigadores, sector energético, astilleros, y otras empresas e instituciones (ver listado de asistentes) dedicadas a los sectores de puertos, pesca y náutica de recreo.

La jornada se dirigió a todos los actores mediterráneos y/o atlánticos de habla hispana de los sectores de puertos, pesca y náutica de recreo, pero también a representantes de la Administración nacional y regional. El evento fue además seleccionado por la Comisión Europea como un evento ‘EMD in My Country’, dentro de los eventos en torno al Día Marítimo Europeo de 2024.

Al igual que con otras actividades económicas en la UE, existe una necesidad creciente de que nuestras flotas marítimas hagan la transición y se alejen lo antes posible de los combustibles fósiles. Esto no es solo una contribución a los objetivos del Pacto Verde Europeo, incluida la reducción de las emisiones de GEI, sino también a la rentabilidad, la sostenibilidad y la resiliencia del sector (Comisión de la UE, 2023). Los retos a los que se enfrentan las flotas para acometer una transición energética van desde los regulatorios hasta los tecnológicos.

El presente workshop participativo tuvo como objetivo debatir sobre los retos que la descarbonización plantea para los puertos y embarcaciones recreativas y pesqueras. El workshop participativo aportó la perspectiva de los participantes sobre las embarcaciones de pesca, embarcaciones de la industria de la náutica de recreo, así como de sus puertos e instalaciones (pesqueros y recreativos).

Los participantes debatieron en 3 mesas de trabajo sobre posibles prototipos, fuentes de energía, soluciones tecnológicas, marcos regulatorios y oportunidades y desafíos generales para avanzar hacia los esfuerzos de descarbonización. Se utilizó el método de “design thinking”.

Preparar el escenario
Varios destacados expertos y responsables políticos prepararon el escenario, esbozando el contexto y compartiendo los últimos avances.

En la inauguración de la jornada, el Sr. Héctor Pons Riudavets, alcalde de Mahon, comentó: “necesitamos prototipos y tecnologías público-privadas adaptadas a la realidad actual para alcanzar nuestros objetivos de descarbonización”.

A continuación, el Sr. Antonio Ginard López, director general de la Autoridad Portuaria de las Islas Baleares, destacó que las islas Baleares ya están abordando el reto de descarbonizar sus puertos con varias actividades y ejes de trabajo.

La Sra Iolanda Piedra, presidenta del Cluster Marítimo Marítimo y Logístico de las Illes Balears, destacó que España quiere y tiene que ser un referente europeo y global en la descarbonización marina.

El Sr. Omar Collado, coordinador nacional de la Iniciativa WestMED por parte del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, indicó que: “Todos los sectores marítimos necesitan colaborar para lograr una Economía Azul sostenible. Necesitamos proyectos y tecnologías concretas, realistas y realmente sostenibles para avanzar hacia la transición energética que necesita la UE”. Para finalizar, el Sr. Francisco Manuel Fernández, del Ministerio de Agricultura Pesca y Alimentación, destacó que las ideas que se desarrollarán a través del workshop participativo son esenciales para avanzar en la descarbonización del sector pesquero. Hizo hincapié en que la mayoría de las pesquerías del Mediterráneo en España son flotas artesanales y que proporcionar soluciones de descarbonización a estas flotas es un reto que tenemos que abordar.

Mesas redondas
Tras una pausa para el café, a las 11.30, comenzó el workshop participativo en 3 mesas de trabajo con el objetivo de intercambiar ideas, prácticas y experiencias entre los/las participantes:

MESA 1: Prototipos de descarbonización en puertos pesqueros y recreativos
MESA 2: Prototipos de descarbonización de buques pesqueros
MESA 3: Prototipos de descarbonización de buques recreativos

En todas las mesas se abordaron los siguientes pasos:

  1. Identificación de retos/barreras/fortalezas
  2. Priorización de retos (escoger top 3)
  3. Identificación de hoja de ruta para los 3 retos priorizados

Un breve resumen:

Mesa 1: Propuestas para que los puertos se conviertan en generadores de energía
Se seleccionaron tres propuestas: una plataforma móvil que permite generar energía (ecocubierta), un parque de turbinas que aprovecha la fuerza de las olas para generar electricidad y un proyecto para generar hidrógeno verde en los puertos basado en el ejemplo del puerto de Vigo.

Mesa 2: Proyectos para la descarbonización del sector pesquero
Se propusieron prototipos para la digitalización y el análisis de las necesidades energéticas de cada tipo de arte de pesca (plataforma de datos). También se propuso un proyecto para probar una solución híbrida (eléctrica y diésel) en un buque de 10 metros.

Mesa 3: Nuevos modelos de buques impulsados con energías verdes
Se seleccionaron distintos proyectos, como la adaptación de catamaranes a un modelo híbrido (biodiésel y electricidad), el desarrollo de una aplicación para controlar la autonomía de los barcos, la electrificación de buques de pasaje o la construcción de un barco propulsado por biodiésel e hidrógeno.

A continuación, cada mesa compartió y debatió sus conclusiones con el grupo completo de participantes.

La jornada concluyó con un resumen de los puntos más importantes y un esbozo de los próximos pasos.

Próximos pasos
Los resultados de prototipos por Mesas de Trabajo se recopilaron en un documento titulado “National Event from WestMED Initiative in Spain: Prototypes for the decarbonization of Ports, Fishing and Recreational Vessels” el cual se entregará al EU Energy Transition Partnership y podrá ser solicitarlo, por quien lo desee, a través del Hub Nacional Spain mediante el envío de un correo electrónico.

Este documento puede solicitarse gratuitamente poniéndose en contacto con el WestMED National Hub España.

Cobertura de prensa

Este acto fue ampliamente cubierto por la prensa: en televisión (IB3/ Noticies) y en medios de comunicación en línea.

Prensa en línea
Pressreader Spain
Xunta de Galicia 1 | Xunta de Galicia 2
Galicia Press
La Voz de Galicia
Cluster Marítimo Español


Group of people discussion in Mahon Menorca during WestMED national event on 17 april 2024

Decarbonizing ports, fishing and recreational vessels. Expert proposals at participative WestMED Spain workshop in Mahón, Menorca

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On April 17, 2024, the workshop ‘Prototypes for the decarbonization of Ports, Fishing and Recreational Vessels‘ took place in Mahon, Menorca (see agenda).

This Spanish National Event was organized by the Spanish National Hub of the WestMED Initiative Assistance Mechanism of the  in collaboration with the Maritime and Logistics Cluster of the Balearic Islands. It was attended by 46 national and international experts on the decarbonization of ports, fishing vessels and recreational vessels.

The event targeted all Spanish-speaking Mediterranean and/or Atlantic stakeholders in the port, fishing and yachting sectors, as well as representatives from national and regional administrations. People came from a wide range of organisations including clusters, GALPs, associations, marine recreation, marinas, fishing ports, technology providers, port infrastructure developers, researchers, energy sector, shipyards (see list of attendees).

This workshop was selected by the European Commission as an official ‘EMD in My Country‘ event, as part of a larger EU-wide campaign consisting of many other events across the Union, designed to raise awareness about the importance of the oceans and seas.

As with other economic activities in the EU, there is a growing need for our maritime fleets to transition and move away from fossil fuels as soon as possible. This is not only a contribution to the objectives of the European Green Deal, including the reduction of GHG emissions, but also to the profitability, sustainability and resilience of the sector (EU Commission, 2023). The challenges faced by fleets in undertaking an energy transition range from regulatory to technological.

The objective of this workshop was to discuss the challenges that decarbonization poses for recreational and fishing ports and vessels. It provided an opportunity to harnass the participants’ perspectives on fishing vessels and recreational vessels as well as their ports and facilities focused on this challenge.

By using the principles of  ‘design thinking,’ participants identified and discussed possible prototypes, energy sources, technological solutions, regulatory frameworks, general opportunities and challenges to move towards decarbonization.

Setting the stage
The stage was set by several leading experts and policy makers, outlining the context and sharing the latest developments.

Mr. Héctor Pons Riudavets, Mayor of Mahon, opened the event and stated that “we need prototypes and public-private technologies adapted to the current reality to achieve our decarbonization goals”. Next, Mr. Antonio Ginard Lopez, Director General of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands, highlighted that the Balearic Islands are already addressing the challenge of decarbonizing their ports with several activities and work axes.

Ms. Iolanda Piedra, president of the Maritime Maritime and Logistics Cluster of the Balearic Islands, stressed that Spain wants and needs to be a European and global reference in marine decarbonization.

Mr. Omar Collado, national coordinator of the WestMED Initiative on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, indicated: “All maritime sectors need to collaborate to achieve a sustainable Blue Economy. We need concrete, realistic and truly sustainable projects and technologies to move towards the energy transition that the EU needs”.

Mr. Francisco Manuel Fernández, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, stressed that the ideas that will be developed through the participatory workshop are essential to advance the decarbonization of the fisheries sector. He emphasized that most Mediterranean fisheries in Spain are artisanal fleets and that providing decarbonization solutions to these fleets is a challenge we need to address.

After a short break, participants were split and divided over three thematic roundtables according to predifined preferences.

TABLE 1: Decarbonization prototypes for fishing and recreational ports
TABLE 2: Decarbonization prototypes for fishing vessels
TABLE 3: Decarbonization Prototypesfor recreational vessels

Each table was then asked to:
1: Identify of challenges/barriers/strengths
2: Prioritise the top 3 challenges
3: Identify a roadmap for these 3 prioritized challenges

A brief summary:

Table 1: Proposals for ports to become energy generators
Three proposals were selected: a mobile platform that allows energy generation (eco-deck), a turbine farm that harnesses the power of waves to generate electricity and a project to generate green hydrogen in ports based on the example of the port of Vigo.

Table 2: Projects for the decarbonization of the fishing vessels
Prototypes were proposed for the digitalization and analysis of the energy needs of each type of fishing gear (data platform). A project for testing a hybrid solution (electric and diesel) on a 10-meter vessel was also proposed.

Table 3: New models of green energy powered vessels
Different projects were selected, such as the adaptation of catamarans to a hybrid model (biodiesel and electricity), the development of an application to monitor the autonomy of ships, the electrification of passenger ships or the construction of a ship powered by biodiesel and hydrogen.

Each table then shared and discussed their findings with the full group of participants.

The day was concluded by summarising key take-home points and outlining next steps.

Next Steps
The full results will be compiled in a document entitled “National Event from WestMED Initiative in Spain: Prototypes for the decarbonization of Ports, Fishing and Recreational Vessels” which will be delivered to the EU Energy Transition Partnership so that they can take them into account when developing their roadmap for 2024.

This document can be requested, free of charge, by contacting the WestMED National Hub Spain.

Media coverage
This event was widely covered by the press: on television (IB3/ Noticies) and in online media

Online articles
Pressreader Spain
Xunta de Galicia 1 | Xunta de Galicia 2
Galicia Press
La Voz de Galicia
Cluster Marítimo Español


screenshot of online meeting WestMED technical group on Green Shipping with slide and people present - april 2024

WestMED’s Aquaculture Technical Group AquaWest intensifies cooperation with the EU Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism and FAO/ GFCM

On 29 April 2024 WestMED’s Aquaculture Technical Group AquaWest organised a meeting with the EU Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism and the FAO/GFCM with the aim of identifying synergies and intensifying cooperation to drive progress and achieve shared goals

The meeting generated valuable insights, discussions, and opportunities to further advance sustainable aquaculture practices across the WestMED Region. The importance of collaboration, knowledge exchange, and the integration of innovative technologies, such as GIS, in identifying allocated zones for aquaculture was widely shared.

Joint projects, knowledge-sharing activities, and participation in relevant and eachothers workshops/ conferences were highlighted as a means to further develop.

As a start, in terms of knowledge sharing and promotion there will be a mutual link on the websites of WestMED’s AquaWest and EU Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism.

Screenshot cover page report with aerial view of clear blue-green sea with rocky coast

Report: The Parliamentarian’s guide to protecting the Mediterranean Sea and coast

Source: UN Environment website

Members of parliaments play a pivotal role in transposing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) into enforceable national law.

The Barcelona Convention and its Protocols are a case in point: how can a newly elected parliamentarian be expected to instantly find their way through a myriad of legally binding provisions, including Regional Action Plans, addressing everything from chemical pollution to green shipping and sustainable consumption and production?

The Parliamentarian’s guide to protecting the Mediterranean Sea and coast (the Guide) is aimed at parliamentarians serving in the Mediterranean region and in the European Parliament—the EU being a Contracting Party— and at staff supporting them in discharging their duties.

The Guide offers practical entry points to the UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention system and includes non-prescriptive recommendations on how to leverage the core functions of parliament, notably representation, lawmaking, and oversight (IPU and UNDP 2017), and associated mechanisms to bridge gaps in compliance.

The outcome sought through this publication is a higher level of compliance and enforcement at the national level around the Mediterranean Sea.

Download the Guide