Experts and representatives of Mediterranean countries belonging to CIHEAM, an intergovernmental organization cooperation in agriculture, food and fisheries, will gather on 14 October at Casa Mediterráneo, Alicante, analysing and proposing solutions to the many challenges facing the Mediterranean Sea and coastal zones today, such as overfishing, artisanal fisheries management, the role of women in the fishing sector, sustainable aquaculture development, management of protected marine areas, loss of biodiversity, invasive species, micro plastics and the impact caused by climate change, among others.
The CIHEAM celebrates its 60th anniversary in Alicante together with its Institute in Spain, CIHEAM Zaragoza, and Casa Mediterráneo
This international gathering, jointly organized with CIHEAM Zaragoza and Casa Mediterráneo, will be part of CIHEAM’S 60th anniversary celebrations. CIHEAM was founded in 1962 and currently has 13 member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey). During the event, CIHEAM will present the results of their study on coastal zone and fisheries management in the Mediterranean. The aim of the study was to join efforts and seek institutional synergies that can support stakeholders in protecting the sea, coast and marine resources of the Mediterranean and ensuring the development of economically and socially sustainable activities.
The international gathering will include working meetings on women's role and museums in Mediterranean fisheries
The event, that will be livestreamed on CIHEAM Zaragoza's corporate website, will also include thematic working meetings to analyse the situation of women in the fisheries sector and to explore opportunities for collaboration among the Mediterranean fishing port museums, particularly those related to fishing communities that strive to maintain socially and environmentally more sustainable practices. In both cases, the intention is to create a Mediterranean network to facilitate the mutual efforts of different stakeholders.
CIHEAM Zaragoza: an international point of reference in the field of fisheries and aquaculture
CIHEAM’s Institute in Spain, co-organizer of the event, is an international point of reference in the field of fisheries and aquaculture. Since its creation in 1969, fisheries and aquaculture have become important priorities in CIHEAM Zaragoza’s training activities, as can be appreciated in the offer of master’s programmes in Sustainable Fisheries Management and in Marine Aquaculture, as well as advanced courses for professionals in these fields of expertise.
CIHEAM Zaragoza has recently led the European H2020 project MedAID. The main purpose of the project was to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the Mediterranean aquaculture sector, particularly seabass and seabream production. CIHEAM Zaragoza currently participates in the European H2020 project NewTechAqua, which seeks to expand and diversify European aquaculture production of finfish, molluscs and algae.