The Atlantic Action Plan, put in place to implement the Atlantic Strategy, has been widely promoted in the UK in order to draw attention to stakeholders of the opportunities it presents in the UK and also for collaboration with other EU Atlantic Member States (France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain). Blue growth exhibits vast potential in the UK both in creating jobs and contributing to economic development. The Action Plan is about both supporting traditional sectors such as fisheries and tourism, but also new, emerging sectors such as marine renewables.
The Atlantic Action Plan is now moving into its implementation phase and the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan (see www.atlanticstrategy.eu) , in conjunction with the Irish Sea Maritime Forum and the University of Liverpool, are organised an event to assist stakeholders to develop their project ideas. The event, took place on the 9th December, at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, and provided stakeholders with the opportunity to meet other stakeholders with an interest in developing projects of relevance to the Atlantic Area.
The morning session provided participants with an update on the Atlantic Action Plan, the role of the Support Team in assisting stakeholders develop project ideas for funding opportunities, an update of funding opportunities, including relevant Interreg programmes, such as the Atlantic Area Programme and an update on blue growth in the UK.
The afternoon session provided an opportunity for stakeholders to develop project ideas. Parallel workshops were organised with the contribution of selected stakeholders.
Networking opportunities were provided during the event to enable new partnerships to be formed and existing partnerships to be strengthened. Funding contact points were also presented and were engaged in bilateral meetings with interested stakeholders.
The support team will follow up with workshop organisers and participants regarding the development of project ideas relevant for the Atlantic Strategy.