Project Update

A busy week for PREP4BLUE partners at the European Ocean Days

Organised for the first time in 2024, the inaugural European Ocean Days took place from the 4th-8th of March in Brussels. The week-long event had a jam-packed schedule which included a matchmaking event, the 2nd Annual Mission Ocean Forum and BlueInvest Day.

Once again, PREP4BLUE partners were actively involved, attending many of the sessions organised throughout the week. Highlights included, a meeting where all 40 Mission Ocean projects came together for the first time to discuss the progress of the Mission and a meeting in the European Parliament where over 140 Mission Charter signatories united to call for a step up in action, to drive Mission progress and restore our ocean and waters by 2030.

PREP4BLUE project coordinator, Cecile Nys, had a particularly busy week. Not only was she active with networking and promoting PREP4BLUE at the project stand, but Cecile also sat on a panel session titled ‘Mission Ocean and Waters in action’ alongside the coordinators of the Mission Lighthouse CSAs. The panel took place during the 2nd Annual Mission Ocean Forum on the 5th of March and explored the necessary steps for the implementation and deployment of solutions for the Mission. Cecile took this opportunity to present the range of PREP4BLUE resources that have been developed to support Mission stakeholders with the implementation of their projects.

Overall, this was another busy week for PREP4BLUE partners. The conference presented a unique opportunity to connect with our Mission Ocean colleagues and explore new ways to collaborate and support the Mission goals.