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Recording: green policy challenges in maritime regions

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On 5 October 2021, the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform and the Interact ‘Knowledge of the Seas Network’ co-hosted a joint event on green policy challenges in maritime regions.

To set the scene, Philipp Schwartz from Interact took the floor to illustrate the main green policy challenges currently faced within the Knowledge of the Seas Network. Emphasisng how interregional learning can be used to address these green policy challenges more efficiently, Thorsten Kohlisch provided a general overview of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform and presented an outlook to the future funding opportunities of the Interreg Europe Programme whilst Astrid Severin introduced the services the Platform zooming in on the areas of environment, resource efficiency and low carbon economy.

Webinar recording

Webinar agenda overview

Navigate to the discussion topics of interest in the webinar agenda overview below. 

00:04:39 Introduction by Thorsten Kohlisch, Policy Learning Platform Manager, to the topic and the Policy Learning Platform services.

  • 00:16:16 Q&A Do you think maritime regions can benefit from the Interreg Europe programme in the future?

00:17:49 Presentation by Philipp Schwartz from Interact on the ‘Knowledge of the Seas Network’ and the main green challenges identified within the network.

00:31:36 Presentation by Astrid Severin Thematic Expert of environment and resource efficiency on the solutions available at the Policy Learning Platform for green issues faced by maritime regions. 

Panel discussion 

  • 00:42:35 Q&A I'm collaborating with a municipality in the metropolitan area of ​​lisbon (portugal) and we are looking for partners for a project related to maritime heritage (lighthouses, military fortifications, marine resources, ocean pollution, maritime museums, among other dimensions). Who can I talk to?
  • 00:43:40 Q&A What motivates you to support peer reviews as a thematic expert for the Policy Learning Platform?
  • 00:45:01 Q&A What about topics like clean shipping, aquaculture and offshore energy?
  • 00:50:27 Q&A Where do you see the biggest potential?
  • 00:53:18 Q&A Where do you see the complementarities and the opportunities for cooperation between the Interact ‘Knowledge of the Seas Network’ and the Policy Learning Platform? 

Key Learnings

  • Maritime regions face a number of green policy challenges ranging from blue energy and coastal tourism to marine litter and green port management
  • Tangible solutions have been developed in various regions and cities and can be transferred through interregional learning and knowledge exchange
  • Coastal cities and regions such as Greifswald (Germany), Burgas (Bulgaria), Marseille (France) and Thessaloniki (Greece) have successfully used the services of the Policy Learning Platform to address their green policy challenges
  • Joining forces allowed Interact and Interreg Europe to reach out to complementary target groups and actors dealing with green and maritime challenges across Europe.

Specific, individual services such as Matchmaking sessions and Peer-reviews are readily available policy makers in maritime regions to discuss their green policy challenges with hand-picked peers.

Credit: Photo by duallogic on envatoelements.
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