In order to promote R&D and innovation in the Blue and Circular Economy, but also to propose solutions for the problem of marine plastic pollution, BC is involved in platforms and innovative programs at a local and international level.
URBACT – BLUACT
UrbAct: EU Program sharing the know-how for the operation of tech hubs in European cities that are part of the Program
BluAct: Transfer network of 7 European port cities including Piraeus, aiming to share good practices in Blue Economy entrepreneurship. The project follows the success of Piraeus’ Blue Growth Initiative, an entrepreneurship competition that offers incubation services to local businesses boosting innovation and job creation. Through an approach of creating UrbAct Local Support Groups and engaging local stakeholders and other interested parties, with the ultimate aim of starting up the blue economy, BluAct aims to deliver far reaching results in the respective partner cities.
Plastic Busters MPAs: Establishing a derelict fishing gear management scheme and promoting co-responsibility to tackle fisheries & aquaculture-related litter
Pilot action to prevent and reduce waste from fishing activities in the Thermaikos Gulf. The main
target is mussel farms area.
Coordination: Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE)
Partner: Management Agency for the protected areas at Thermaikos Gulf
Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI)
The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is a cross-sectoral alliance of organizations dedicated to solving the problem of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG or “ghost gear”) on a global scale.
The GGGI aims to:
- Improve the health of marine ecosystems;
- Safeguard human health and livelihoods;
- Protect marine life from harm.
The GGGI participation system is designed to facilitate collaborative action by members, to increase members’ individual effectiveness to solve the problem of ghost gear worldwide, and to allow flexibility for what actions each member takes as part of the greater collective.
BlueCycle joins forces with Playroom for children’s toys recycling!
Find more about the initiative here.