EU week of Regions and Cities open day

Green Bubbles was selected to represent Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the role of EU-funded research at the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities Open Day, held in Brussels between the 12th and the 15th of October 2015.

Carlo Cerrano, project coordinator, gave a presentation on October 14th, in the frame of a workshop entitled “Smart Participation of SME in Regional Innovation”. The presentation, entitled “Green Bubbles RISE for sustainable diving – Innovation for recreation-based SMEs in the frame of conservation, education and regional development”, briefly illustrated the (often underestimated) complexity of the diving multi-actors system, the associated issues and opportunities, and how Green Bubbles is teaming up with such system to address the issues and materialise the opportunities. Parallel perspectives and approaches taken by Green Bubbles as well as by the recently launched Interreg Mediterranean programme (Priority Axis 3: Med resources), and the project contribution to a number of relevant EU policy agendas, were also highlighted.

Already at its initial stage of development, Green Bubbles is achieving the following goals relevant to the workshops’ theme:

– Real cooperation with stakeholders, based on mutual trust and on the project’s independent role with respect to the system.
– Preliminary analysis of operators’ point of view (acting as an interface with management authorities).
– Preliminary mapping of the underwater territory, thereby supporting local management plans.
– Analysis of business models in the local context.
– Enthusiasm from the base.
– Awareness raising in divers and operators.
– Networking and new opportunities for joint initiatives.