Overseas Countries
and Territories Association

Blue Economy Webinar

OCTA BLUE ECONOMY WEBINAR: Launch of the OCTA Blue Economy Roadmap

Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF), Greenland, New Caledonia, Saba, Saint-Barthelemy, Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten

Since the signing of the Oceans Declaration in 2019, OCTA has been working on developing a Blue Economy Roadmap for the OCTs, with a view to realizing the potential of the overseas countries and territories for sustainable blue growth (blue economy). Starting in December 2020, this work has been undertaken by Cowi, one of the largest policy consultancies in the field. During this event, the team developing the OCTA Blue Economy Roadmap Study will make an in-depth presentation of the Study and will share their experience. It will be followed by a presentation of one of the EU funding programmes linked to the Blue Economy sector – the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, as well as by a questions-and-answers session. This is a great opportunity to discuss all issues related to Blue Economy with the experts who developed the Study covering all EU OCTs.

The webinar took place on Thursday, 17 June 2021 and started at 21:00 CEST (15:00 Carribean / 17:00 Greenland / 09:00 French Polynesia / 06:00 New Caledonia (18 June) / 07:00 Wallis et Futuna (18 June)).

If you would like to see the presentations, please click on the Agenda items to download them.

The recording of the webinar – with timestamps to jump between presentations – can be watched here: WEBINAR RECORDING

The OCTA Blue Economy Roadmap Study can be consulted here: Publication News


21:00 – 21:10 | Welcome and introductionPablo Lopez-Herrerias, Coordinator of the OCTA Secretariat;

21:10 – 21:40 | In-depth presentation of the OCTA Blue Economy StudyRamon Wessel, Consultant / Economist on EU Policy at COWI Belgium and Dr Karen Sumser Lupson, expert on maritime safety and security;

21:40 – 22:10 | The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)Rujana Pavlic, International Relations Officer at the Unit for Relations with All OCTs, DG INTPA, European Commission

22:10 – 22:30 | Questions and answers session with the Blue Economy expert team