MOSES at European Maritime Day 2021
May 21, 2021

Synthesis of the main findings of the MOSES project

In Europe, the Blue Economy has received increasing policy attention, as evidenced in the publication and ongoing implementation of the EU’s Blue Growth Strategy, the Atlantic Strategy and its Action Plan, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, among others. These initiatives are all aimed at fostering the sustainable development of the EU’s marine resources.

All these initiatives stress the fact that, ecosystem capacity, social justice and inclusiveness must be adequately considered when planning for Sustainable Blue Growth hence there is a necessity to develop approaches that are able to steer environmentally sustainable and socially equitable economic trajectories. Furthermore, developers and investors in the Blue Economy need to know how their investments negatively impact coastal and marine environments, and what mitigation action needs to be taken.

The goal of the MOSES project was to address the above issues and more specifically, to examine the Blue Growth path for sustainable development of the major sectors operating in the Atlantic space as envisaged by the Atlantic Plan. This project built on the EU lnterreg IV Marnet project by examining the growth achieved in the marine sectors across the AA while focusing on examining the environmental pressures and impacts from the growing sectors and possible transition paths to Sustainable Blue Growth.

The present report aims at summarizing key findings of MOSES and suggests actions for the facilitation of regional and national Sustainable Blue Growth in the Atlantic Area.

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