HARVEST Atlantic intends to identify and exchange good practices and sustainable solutions based on innovation, diversification and marketing for the maritime economy and resources. Its aim is to improve the socioeconomic situation of the Atlantic seaside territories, through transnational cooperation.
Importance of the maritime activities in the Atlantic Area
Maritime activities are one of the key elements of Lisbon Strategy, taking into account the importance of the so called “maritime economy”. According to the E.U., the sectors related to the exploitation of the seas represent between 3% and 5% of the Union’s GDP. They have particularly contributed to the construction of the Atlantic Area identity, not only from a socio-cultural and economic perspective, but also in its land and urban shaping.
Some sub-sectors of the Maritime economy are facing tough times (global crisis experienced by both, the fishing or shipbuilding sectors), and others offer strong opportunities for economic growth and employment (i.e. biotechnologies, nutraceutical, energy or leisure boatbuilding), but are still under-developed/exploited in our peripheral coastal areas.
In both cases, revitalization and new economic activities are clearly linked to the implementation of Innovation (processes and products).
The project will contribute to the enhancement of competitiveness and innovation capacities in 4 specific subsectors of the maritime economy:
a) Biotech & Nutraceutical;
b) RDT+I in Navigation & gliding technologies
c) Halieutic Industry and
c) Green Maritime Energy.
In parallel, it will tackle the transversal issues of the value added of the Atlantic products and natural resources, and of the Human Capital.
Methodology and key results
To reach the objectives in a realistic and feasible way, HARVEST Atlantic will carry out the following activities:
- 5 Sectorial Analysis & Benchmarking
- Assessment on existing Human Capital and know-how in order to lead and implement innovation processes in the maritime economy sector
- Identification and adoption of policies and measures to support the innovation, diversification and marketing of the Atlantic maritime economy
- Creation of a Policy tool-kit/guide
- Creation of AT-OME: the ATlantic Observatory for Maritime Economy available as a new sustainable tool from November 2013
- Sectorial Workshops, Seminars and parallel Study Visits