A Circular Blue Economy for the Mediterranean: current practices and opportunities
The overall aim of this report is to describe the state of play in the development of circular economy in selected sectors of the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean. The report also provides in its conclusions an analysis of the challenges hindering the advancement of circular economy as well as solutions and recommendations to tackle these obstacles.
This report is prepared in the framework of two EU-funded initiatives, the Interreg MED Blue Growth Community and the SwitchMed programme. More particularly, it was originated by the willingness of two entities to join forces to explore a common topic: the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) – through its Inter-Mediterranean Commission (IMC), as a partner of the Blue Growth Community, and of the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) Regional Activity Centrefor Sustainable Consumption and Production: MedWaves. Plan Bleu also contributed to the elaboration of the report.
Recently, a specific component of SwitchMed dedicated to Blue Economy and funded by DG MARE was added and is focusing on different aspects: enabling policy frameworks at the national and regional levels, sustainable entrepreneurship within Blue Economy sectors, improvement of the sustainability of the seafood, fish and aquaculture value chain and
networking among key stakeholders. This report is the starting point of the activities under Output 7.3, aiming at integrating circular economy principles in Blue Economy sectors at the regional level, and in particular within the Barcelona Convention framework.
This report has been officially validated and endorsed by the member regions of the Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe) on 10 June 2022.
CPMR Intermediterranean Commission and MedWaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for SCP. (2022). A Circular Blue Economy for the Mediterranean: Current practices and opportunities, Barcelona. Interreg MED Blue Growth Community project and SwitchMed Programme. In-text citation:
CPMR and MedWaves, 2022.