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Barcelona Blue
Economy

Boost and promotion of the blue sectors as a new economic hub for the city

What is Blue Economy?

What is Blue Economy?

The Blue Economy encompasses economic activities linked to aquatic fields that are compatible with the preservation of marine ecosystems and that promotes sustainable social and economic development.

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Barcelona, leading city in the European Mediterranean

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Barcelona is committed to boosting the Blue Economy in the city so that it becomes a vector of job creation, economic and social development of the city and the backbone of its coast, fostering activities focused on innovation, sustainability and technology.

Therefore, Barcelona Activa has a new economic plan for the next five years, to recover the ambition and take advantage of the full potential of the city, with the priorities of retaining and training talent, facilitating economic activity and attracting more and better investments.

The new BCN Green Deal agenda, aligned with the 2030 Agenda, sets out priorities and measures to strengthen the city through three key elements: competitiveness, sustainability and equity.

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Economic plan: Barcelona Activa’s lines of action

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Following the goals of generating and strengthening economic activity in the city linked to the Blue Economy, in areas such as talent, training, employment, entrepreneurship, business development and promotion, as well as this economy’s ties to the city, Barcelona Activa, alongside the entire blue ecosystem of the city, will work from eight lines of action.

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  • New point of economic activity and innovation

  • Employment and blue training

  • Innovation and transfer in Blue Economy

  • Development of the sectors of the Blue Economy

  • Ties of the Blue Economy with the city and the citizens

  • Preservation and regeneration of the marine ecosystem

  • Local and international promotion, ideas and positioning

  • Public-private governance

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Resources, services and projects

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New point of economic activity and innovation

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Nou Port Olímpic

The new Olympic Port is a leading project that aims to turn the space into the icon of the Blue Barcelona and as a role model for sustainability. It will be a Blue Economy hub, contributing to innovation, generation of new economic activity and quality employment. In addition, the project includes new spaces for the promotion of leisure sailing and water sports, and the recovery of the public space of contact with the sea, where anyone can enjoy, work, play sports and experience the sea.

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Node Formatiu i Tecnològic de la Nàutica

This leading project includes several physical spaces in Nova Bocana transformed into a campus for higher education, vocational training, research, technology development, innovation, technology transfer, entrepreneurship promotion and employment in the field of the Blue and Sustainable Economy, as well as specific areas for the development of collaborative projects. This Park, in addition, will contribute to the innovation and positioning of the business fabric of the city.

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Programa d’emprenedoria

The creation of an entrepreneurship programme aims to develop a leading service and excellence in business creation in the field of the Blue Economy, thus being a hub of attraction for the economy of Barcelona. It is aimed at all those projects that want to promote and support the blue business and entrepreneurial ecosystem of the city. The activities developed will range from support in starting up the company to personal tutorials and specialisation workshops with experts.

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Serveis d’empresa

The potential to strengthen, reinforce and promote the transformation of the business network linked to this field, both for large companies and for SMEs in the sector. A reference team in the Blue Economy will be created in order to launch an advisory service aimed at the business ecosystem, with support for business training, financing, job search, location and landing, and innovation, among others.

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Employment and training

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Ocupació en Economia Blava

The Blue Economy aims to be a hub of innovation, of new economic activity and quality employment generation. There are many sectors that make it up and, therefore, there are many job and training opportunities. For this reason, Barcelona Activa dedicates a section of the Job Website to this sector with specific offers.

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Estudi de noves ocupacions

An analysis has been carried out on the new occupations offered by the Blue Economy in the city, identifying opportunities in terms of quality job creation and the upskilling and reskilling needs of workers.

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Formació de reskilling en Economia Blava

Reskilling training is a specialised and short-term training to facilitate access to the Blue Economy sector. It also helps to develop professional potential and acquire the most demanded knowledge and skills.

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Market place

Find work through the marketplaces offered by Barcelona Activa. These dynamics are a meeting between various companies and professional profiles looking for work.

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Agenda

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Funding calls and opportunities

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The ‘Barcelona Capital Nàutica Foundation’ creates a marketplace to provide service the organizing company and the teams that will compete in the 37th edition of the Copa América Barcelona 2024 (ACE).
Call for exhibitors and sponsors of the “Port Olímpic Electric Boat Experience” (May 25th)
Production and marketing plans for fishery producers (Deadline: For advances: 22/11/2023 - 30/11/2023, for production and marketing plans: 15/05/2024 - 04/06/2025)
Subsidies for obtaining guarantees from the Sociedad Anónima Estatal de Caución Agraria S.M.E. (SAECA) by holders of agricultural holdings, economic operators in the fisheries sector or agri-food industries to guarantee loans for their financing. (Deadline: 30/11/2023 - 15/09/2024)
Eco-incentive grants to promote maritime freight transport based on environmental and socioeconomic merit (Deadline: 01/04/2023 – 30/06/2024).
Alternative Fuel Infrastructure for Transportation Facilities – NO PRTR. (Deadline: 29/02/2024 - 24/09/2024 or 11/06/2024 or 17/12/2025).
European Blue Parks – Offshore marine protected areas – Horizon Europe – NO PRTR (Deadline: 23/04/2024 – 18/09/2024)
Our blue future – Co-designing a future vision of a restores ocean and water system in the EU by 2030 and 2050 – Horizon Europe – NO PRTR. (Deadline: 23/04/2024 – 18/09/2024)
Science for Community – Building the marine Citizen Science data network of the future to valorize data coming from the ocean and increase engagement – Horizon Europe – NO PRTR. (Deadline: 23/04/2024 – 18/09/2024)
Atlantic and Arctic Sea basin lighthouse, Mediterranean Sea basin lighthouse, Baltic and North Sea basin lighthouse – Reducing the environmental impacts of fisheries on marine species and habitats – Horizon Europe – NO PRTR. (Deadline: 23/04/2024 – 18/09/2024)
Development Cooperation Actions in the field of Innovation 2024 – NO PRTR. (Deadline: 30/04/2024 – 28/05/2024)
Call for projects and entrepreneurs who want to join startups in Blue Economy. 5th Startup Weekend. Blue Innovation Hub of Tarragona. (Design 19/05/2024)
Call for applications : Novarium’s FLOTS acceleration program. customized opportunity to blue-tech startups, providing essential support and expertise to entrepreneurs tackling challenges facing our oceans, rivers, and lakes. — global edition. Deadline (20/05/2024)

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Publications

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Quadern de treball d’Economia Blava

Job opportunities and resources the port offers as a preeminent representative of the Blue Economy.

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Blue Economy Workbook

Job opportunities and resources the port offers as a preeminent representative of the Blue Economy.

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Coastal Strategic Plan

Strategic plan of the city's coastal areas.

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Entities and businesses

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