The National Hub Spain facilitates local and regional stakeholders by providing the WestMED Community with expertise on the Blue Economy, help project leaders find the right partners with their extensive network on both shores of the western Mediterranean, support project(idea) development, help draft tender applications and advise on the most applicable funding opportunities.
The National Hub (co)organises events to help lead discussions on different maritime topics and can be found at (online) Blue-Economy related meetings to share their expertise.
Marta Pascual is the main point of contact for the National Hub Spain. She also forms the National Hub for the Atlantic Action Plan
Contact the National Hub Spain for more information and see how they can help you.
Join Marta Pascual – National Hub Spain
You can always contact Marta Pascual via mail – you can also meet her in person at the following events where she will be present
WestMED Stakeholder Conference 2023
22 June 2023 | Naxxar, Malta
Ports as gateways and energy hubs for the energy transition
30 June 2023 | Vigo, Spain
10-11 Ocober 2023 | Vigo, Spain
Blue Economy News Spain
Memorandum of Understanding signed between World Ocean Council and the UfM/WestMED to boost private sector engagement in the Mediterranean Blue Economy
Dr Marta Pascual
Marta Pascual is the Spanish National Hub for the Western Mediterranean Initiative (WestMED) as well as for the Atlantic Action Plan.
She has also been appointed as an expert working for the EU MSP Platform and has also been working as a Senior Expert for the EU Commission in works related to Maritime Spatial Planning, Blue Growth, Blue Economy, Circular Economy, Natural Capital Accounting, Biodiversity modelling and Ecosystem Services modelling.
Academically, she holds a PhD in Maritime Spatial Planning, is a former Ikerbasque Post-Doctoral Researcher and currently an Associated Researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3, Spain), where she is advancing with the Eco-modelling Research Team on the development of marine ecosystem services models using ARIES (a semantic-modelling platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine reasoning following the FAIR principles).
She has more than 13 years of professional experience in the application and implementation of various European environmental and maritime directives such as the MSFD; MSPD; Habitats and Birds Directive, WFD.
Her experience in research includes various lines of spatial analysis, stakeholder engagement, scenario mapping, participatory mapping and marine and coastal research applied to maritime policies such as MSP, Ecosystem Services Mapping/Modelling, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Biological Valuation and Ecosystem Services Valuation (ESV).
Gabriele Galassi, Junior Consultant at Ecorys, is a Political Science graduate specialised in EU public policy and governance.
He gained his bachelor’s from the University of Bologna and completed a 6 months exchange programme at the Universitet Wroclawski in Wroclaw, Poland. Later on, he graduated from a double degree master’s programme in European Governance within the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and the University of Konstanz in Germany.
Gabriele is currently a junior consultant at Ecorys working for the Madrid regional office. During his time at Ecorys, he has gained experience in delivering research, communications and stakeholder engagement consulting services to European Commission funded programmes, including the H2020 project “COME RES” and the Rural Energy Communities Advisory Hub for DG ENER.
Furthermore, he has been involved in evaluation and monitoring tasks of regional and national energetic and climate plans and has developed a portfolio focusing on regional development and growth, due to his previous experience as ERDF funded project monitoring support and accountant.
MedBAN Open Call for Blue Economy SMEs (Internationalisation) | Deadline: 31 May 2023/in Calls /by Communication team
Innovation Fund Small-Scale Projects | Deadline 19 September 2023/in Calls /by Communication team
Improving scientific knowledge to strengthen the science-basis of management decisions under the Common Fisheries Policy | Deadline 19 September 2023/in Calls /by Communication team