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Rethinking the Blue Economy: Socio-Ecological Impacts and Opportunities

European Commission: COST

Grant Agreement no.: AGA-CA22122-1-16563

Project duration: 30. 10. 2023 — 29. 10. 2027

Project holder at ZRS Koper: Jerneja Penca, PhD

Participating institute at ZRS KoperMediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies

Partner organisations:

  • University of Zadar, Croatia

The COST Action RethinkBlue centres around the Blue Economy and related policies affecting European societies. The purpose is to rethink the Blue Economy, in two ways. First, by assessing its impact on coastal societies, and second, by exploring opportunities deriving from innovations and potential synergies between established and emergent marine activities.

The guiding research questions are:
1. What are the impacts, positive or negative, of Blue Economy developments on human well-being, social equity and the economic and environmental sustainability of coastal societies?
2. What are potential opportunities for innovations and synergies between sectors?

Scientific interactions focus on five themes:

  1.  maritime occupations,
  2. food security & sustainable blue consumption,
  3. port cities & coastal communities,
  4.  fisheries governance & emergent activities,
  5.  climate change & natural hazards.

Knowledge exchange and capacity building among researchers and stakeholders of the Blue Economy will be facilitated through meetings, research workshops, an online seminar series, training schools, and conferences.