Developing Blue growth together
A NETWORK TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF A BLUE GROWTH
The 21st century will be the Ocean century. This sentence seems more and more realistic. In addition to the traditional sectors of the maritime economy (transport, fisheries, seafood, leisure), the Ocean reveals itself as a vast stock of oil, gas and minerals. It is an endless source of energy with very specific molecules of promising applications.
Thanks to the advances of science and technologies, the discovery of the Ocean’s richness has accelerated investments in its exploration and exploitation. This wide and mostly unknown space is also a promising economic sector.
However, the degradation of coastal zones and marine habitats, the decreasing in fish and seafood stocks, the physical and bio-chemical changes of the oceans alert the experts. Not only the socio-economy is threatened but these impacts may even have direct effects on the biological and climatologic balance of the planet.
The maritime community is the first concerned and aware of its role and responsibility. Thus was born the concept of “blue economy” or “blue growth”. It reflects the maritime communities’ will to combine socio-economic growth and preservation of marine natural resources.
Although the maritime community is vast and scattered, it is conscious of sharing a global and common richness.
The Blue Growth would remain a theoretical concept if the following factors were not combined:
Coordination, cooperation and consensus: to define and apply new development policies.
Knowledge and innovation: to define and adopt new practices and techniques.
Thus was born the idea of the Maritime Innovative Territories International Network.
In May 2011, during the Safer Seas conference, representatives of maritime regions signed a Memorandum of Understanding, declaring their will to act together for a new maritime economy and to define the framework of an international cooperation and coordination network.
MITIN ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE
The network will strive to remain as flexible as possible.
The network’s members are representatives of maritime territories. They may be public authorities, scientific parks, development agencies as well as economic or scientific organizations.
To preserve and exploit as best possible the territorial governance regarding economic development and innovation management, each territory will preferably appoint a coordinating organization that will represent the territory.
Furthermore, the network’s management will be simple and scalable. Initially, during the first year of its existence, the network will be coordinated by the assembly of its members. Technopôle Brest-Iroise will be in charge of the secretariat.
During this period, the network will also implement digital means of communication (website, newsletters…) and communication tools (logo, brochure, presentations…) explaining the scope of the network.