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Outtakes from the satellite event “Bridging Ocean Research and Policy Agenda for Sustainable and Resilient Blue Tourism"

April 9th, 2024 | ICM-CSIC, Barcelona

The Blue Tourism Initiative partners organized a satellite event “Bridging Ocean Research and Policy Agenda for Sustainable and Resilient Blue Tourism», in occasion of the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference. The event was held at the Marine Science Institute (ICM/CSIC), on April 9th, 2024.

At the heart of the reflection, there was the intersection between blue tourism innovation, science and policy actions, and the main gaps and opportunities the sector faces. Specific attention was given to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Western Indian Ocean through the presentation and discussion of regional diagnosis of the current state, impacts, challenges, and opportunities of blue tourism.

The second part of the event was dedicated to the roundtable of interventions by experts Erika Harms, representing Iberostar Group, Paloma Zapata from Sustainable Travel International, and Adriana Salazar, representing Union for the Mediterranean. Also, the president of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development, Anne-France Didier, representing also the French Secrétariat of the Sea and Biodiversity. This roundtable aimed to enhance the dialogue on how research and intergovernmental cooperation can support changes in policies and practices for sustainable blue tourism.

The event allowed interactions and the exchange of experience among marine regions, promoting the reflection on policy actions for the participants, including policy-makers. Also, it fostered networking opportunities and led to new partnerships across blue tourism stakeholder groups.

More insights from the event are here.