The Mediterranean basin represents a great potential in this area, even though it still needs to be given a full dimension in order for local and regional stakeholders, universities and research centers, the private sector as well as policy decision makers to better understand the potentialities to develop adequate technologies in coherence with the proper characteristics of the Mediterranean sea, and to mobilize financial resources in a coordinated way to achieve cohesive actions towards the resolution of energy challenges across Mediterranean countries.
In this context, the “Blue Energies in the Mediterranean” capitalization seminar, organized by the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR in the framework of the COM&CAP MarInA-Med project (MED programme 2007-2013) and hosted by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, will be the occasion to discuss the state of development and perspectives of marine renewable energies in the Mediterranean basin, as well as the mobilization of financial resources. Discussions will be organized on the basis of the works of EU Med Programme projects (e.g. BLUENE, ENERCOAST, SMART-PORT, Med-IAMER, CoRINThos) dealing with blue energies and their environments, in link with on-going debates about key policy developments at EU level in this area through the contributions of EU institutions and European stakeholder organisations representatives.
The organization of the Political Bureau of the CPMR Inter-Med Commission on the afternoon of December 10 will facilitate the participation of elected political representatives from Mediterranean regions in the morning session of the seminar, therefore facilitating discussions between results of the projects and policies implemented at regional level.
Finally, a Conference on Climate co-organized by the Mediterranean Commission of UCLG, the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR, and hosted by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region will take place on the morning of December 11, 2014. At the occasion of this conference, a declaration of local and regional policy-makers from the Mediterranean basin will be adopted with the objective to contribute to the preparation of the COP 21 Climate Conference due to take place in Paris on 2015.