11 May Palermo, first introductory workshop to present the BlueRev Project, of which the District of Fisheries and Blue Growth is partner.
At Sala Lanza of Orto Botanico in Palermo, the Sea and Earth Sciences Department of the University of Palermo promoted the first workshop on the BlueRev Project, of which the District of Fisheries and Blue Growth is partner.
The workday was coordinated by Professor Concetta Maria Messina. The project’s objectives are: changing route and developing a sustainable blue economy, where environmental protection and economic activity go hand in hand; moving attention from mere exploitation to sustainability and resilience.
BlueRev aims at revitalizing local communities in Europe with innovative, biological enterprises, governance models and social innovation centered on the blue biological sector.
The BlueRev consortium is composed of eight partners coming from 6 European countries (Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Portugal and Estonia), which reunite all the necessary skills to perform the activities included in this ambitious project.
Denmark and Greenland, Estonia and Italy are pilot regions that will serve BlueRev to develop or replicate new governance and business models that foster a transition towards more socially and environmentally responsible behaviors.
The speakers in the workshop included Alberto Pulizzi, Director General of the Mediterranean Fisheries
Department of the Sicilian Region, and Nino Carlino, President of the District of Fisheries and Blue Growth. Experts in the field, administrators of local bodies and a number of university students also delivered a speech.
Francesco Foraci, the District’s spokesperson for the project, explained the role of the District as facilitator
of the relations between scientific research applied to Blue Economy and the enterprises of the fisheries sector. The pilot study developed in the south of Italy concerns the enhancement of fish processing residues and seaweeds for industrial purposes, e.g. cosmetics and neutraceuticals.