priority 2: Water-smart Societies

Objective 2.2
Blue economy

The Programme supports actions on sustainable use of fresh and sea waters as well as marine resources in innovative business development in the whole region in emerging and established sectors. These include aquaculture, blue biotechnology, shipping, fishery, and coastal and maritime tourism.

What is blue economy?

The Baltic Sea region has plentiful water resources and know-how for advancing a blue economy as well as environmental concerns for healthy ecosystems in the sea and inland water bodies.

Sustainable use of fresh & sea water

The Programme supports actions on sustainable use of fresh and sea waters as well as marine resources in innovative business development in the whole region in emerging and established sectors. These include aquaculture, blue biotechnology, shipping, fishery, and coastal and maritime tourism.

 

Joint use of water without conflicts

As different sectors may use the same resources, actions should help mitigate potential conflicts among users of the sea space and facilitate its joint use. Moreover, the Programme encourages actions for blue businesses that strengthen their resilience to and mitigate their impact on climate change.

What can I do in my project?

We believe our projects help implement several important strategies in our region, and, in particular, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its policy areas Innovation, Bioeconomy, Nutri, Ship, Safe, Secure, Transport, Spatial Planning, Tourism and Culture.

N

Develop value chains

Create new business opportunities by developing value chains for sustainable fresh water and marine-based products and services in line with smart specialisation strategies and marketing them;

N

Address climate change

Integrate climate change mitigation measures in blue economy development plans;

N

Improve management of sea and inland water traffic

Improve management of sea and inland water traffic and introduce solutions for remote navigational support, automation on ships and in ports, including digital solutions for certification and professional training for seafarers;

N

Test business models

Test business models for ecosystem services provided by blue businesses.

N

Faciliate joint use of water and land

Develop governance, communication and cooperation models among public authorities and industry to mitigate conflicts and promote the joint use of the sea and land space, through maritime spatial planning and land-sea interaction;

N

Promote clean shipping

Introduce common environmental standards and clean, digital, eco-efficient solutions on ships and in ports to reduce emissions, process and recycle waste and wastewater, prevent species from entering water bodies;

N

Diversify blue economy

Diversify coastal, maritime and inland water tourism products and connecting them to other sectors e.g. food, health, to combat seasonality;

Get inspired by the ongoing projects 

Baltic Sea2Land

Fostering integrated governance for the joint sustainable use of human and natural capital in the near shore zone
The project Baltic Sea2Land equips public authorities with the navigator tool that helps harmonise land and marine planning and balance initiatives that impact coastal development.
Read more about the project

BalMarGrav

Homogenized marine gravity maps of southern and eastern Baltic Sea for modern 3D applications in marine geodesy, geology and navigation
The project BalMarGrav harmonises data on the Earth’s gravity across the region to feed it into a new height reference system for safer navigation, offshore infrastructure and sea traffic management.
Read more about the project

BEACH-SOS

Climate Smart Baltic Beaches and Tourism
The BEACH-SOS project helps authorities, businesses, and local communities adapt to the changing climate to ensure thriving and sustainable beach recreation and tourism in the future.
Read more about the project

HUPMOBILE

Holistic Urban and Peri-urban Mobility
The HUPMOBILE project provided city authorities, infrastructure operators and transport providers with tools for holistic sustainable urban mobility planning.
Read more about the project
Sign up now

Newsletter subscription

Step 1 of 4

Four priorities & nine objectives

Four priorities for cooperation

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 creates opportunities for organisations to connect
as if there were no borders. With experience and EU funding, we help them cooperate and put their ideas
 into practice. Jointly, we make the life of people around the Baltic Sea better.

The Programme is structured along with four priorities. They guide partners in achieving the most when cooperating across borders.

 
Priority 1

Innovative societies

1.1 Resilient economies and communities
1.2 Responsive public services

innovative-societies-resilient-economies-and-responsive-public-services
 
Priority 2

Water-smart societies

2.1 Sustainable waters
2.2 Blue economy

interreg-baltic-sea-region-sustainable-waters-blue-economy
Priority 3

Climate-neutral societies

3.1 Circular economy
3.2 Energy transition
3.3 Smart green mobility

interreg-baltic-sea-region-climate-neutral-societies-circular-economy-energy-transition-green-transport
 
Priority 4

Cooperation governance

4.1 Project platform
4.2 Macro-regional governance

interreg-baltic-sea-region-project-platforms-governance

Overview: all the Programme objectives

Resilient economies and communities

Objective 1.1
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Sustainable waters

Objective 2.1
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Circular economy

Objective 3.1
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Project platforms

Objective 4.1
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

Responsive public service

Objective 1.2
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Blue economy

Objective 2.2
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Energy transition

Objective 3.2
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Macro-regional governance

Objective 4.2
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

Smart green mobility

Objective 3.3
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Resilient economies and communities

Objective 1.1
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Responsive public service

Objective 1.2
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Sustainable waters

Objective 2.1
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Blue economy

Objective 2.2
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Climate-neutral societies

Objective 3.1
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Energy transition

Objective 3.2
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Smart green mobility

Objective 3.3
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Project platforms

Objective 4.1
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

Macro-regional governance

Objective 4.2
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

News

107 directions to shine!

107 directions to shine!

In the third call for project applications, the Programme has received as many as 107 applications with a variety of ideas on how to build innovative and climate-neutral societies in the Baltic Sea region. ​

read more
First small projects finalising, first great outcomes!

First small projects finalising, first great outcomes!

As our first 17 small projects are coming to an end, let’s embrace the first results in place and invaluable experiences of people working as if there were no borders. Dive with us into the stories of three of our small projects and discover the nature of small projects as such.

read more
Your Vote, Our Future, Our Region

Your Vote, Our Future, Our Region

Your vote holds the key to a sustainable future for the Baltic Sea and its communities. In the dynamic land of EU initiatives, your participation drives impactful change. Dive with us in the landscape of EU’s achievements and discover what your vote can do for your region.

read more