Third Atlantic Forum workshop under the theme “Maritime space management and climate change mitigation under the ecosystem approach” Bilbao, Spain – 12 November 2012

Bilbao, Spain – 12 November 2012
For some years now, the European Union has been promoting an integrated Maritime Policy with the aim of offering a more coherent approach to maritime affairs and improved coordination between relevant actors and sectors.
In this context, the European Commission adopted an Atlantic Strategy last year. The strategy is a roadmap to develop the potential and manage the specific threats and opportunities of the Atlantic in the fields of environment, energy, the economy and security. The “Atlantic Forum” was recently put in place to allow all key public private key stakeholders to provide their ideas and proposals. Within the framework of this Forum, the Director General of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of coordination of Common Policies and General Affairs of the European Union, the Vice-Counsellor in charge of Fisheries and Food Industries of the Basque government and the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, have the pleasure of inviting you to the third thematic workshop which on this occasion is taking place in Spain, at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao. The workshop will take place on November 12 under the theme “Maritimespace management and climate change mitigation under theecosystemapproach”. The conference will seek to present solutions to one of the issues highlighted by the strategy, i.e. how to apply the ecosystem approach to the Atlantic space. To this end, four workshops will take place on the following subjects:
• How to apply the ecosystem approach in fisheries management: to identify actions that could be developed in the Atlantic area with the view to guaranteeing “good environmental status”, as regards fisheries in particular.
• Offshore aquaculture: to identify projects that could be developed in the framework 0f the Atlantic strategy, considering the industry’s current status and its technological needs.
• Renewable energies: to analyse ways and means to further develop this sector into a major player in the electricity sector, considering the experience gained in several countries on marine renewable energies.
• Inter-modal transport and maritime security: to analyse how to further develop inter-modality in transport and how to fight against maritime pollution, in the light of experience gained in several countries.
Registration and the draft programme are available at the following link: