Ecomondo 2022
  • Giovedì 10 Novembre 2022
  • 10:00 - 17:30
  • Memo
  • Sala Diotallevi 1 Hall Sud
  • inglese
  • italiano


Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee & Cluster BIG, WestMed Initiative, UNIDO SwitchMed

For centuries, the sea has enabled trade, offered livelihoods, and defined the socio-economic development of the Mediterranean region. Economic activities emanating from the sea continue to play an essential role in providing the region’s incomes, food and a range of development opportunities. Nevertheless, depleted fish stocks, faltering catching rates, low efficiency and environmental impact of fish production activities are challenging the sector.
In this context, switching current production patterns of fishery, aquaculture and fish processing value chain toward more sustainable and circular business models is at the forefront of national and regional Blue Economy strategies.
This conference will discuss how more resource efficient mode of production will be key for the future sustainability of the fish processing industry, saving water and energy per unit of product. Innovative solutions for processing fish waste into co-products with a high added value could help the industry become more profitable, diversify the product portfolio, create new jobs, improve the resilience of businesses, and better retain the value from maritime resources into the economy.
Fishery and aquaculture production with its steady upward trend over the last decades plays an essential role to ensure food for human consumption.
Considering the relevance of both sectors and the existing challenges in the production chain (ghost gears, by-catch, discharge and waste of sea-food products, waste generated from transportation and packaging, etc.), the opportunity to develop circular economy initiatives in the Mediterranean is great and would largely benefit both the economy of the sectors and the marine environment.
Circular economy opportunities are distributed along the entire value chains of sea food products. In order to be able to implement changes in the circular economy direction, it is essential to fully understand the specificities of fisheries and aquaculture industry, including the different segments (small-scale and large-scale fisheries, but also possibly for single species/product) not only at country level, but also at sub-national/local level.
The development of a sustainable aquaculture, able to generate fish stocks while limiting its impact on maritime ecosystems is paramount. The introduction of smart technologies is a cornerstone to unlock the potential for business models that can turn challenges into opportunities while managing marine resources in an eco-efficient way.

Session Chairs

Leonardo Manzari, WestMed
Roberto Cimino, Cluster BIG
Benoit Watelet, UNIDO SwitchMed Blue Economy Team Leader


10.00 Introduction by the Chairs

10.10-10.20 Mission ocean & Waters: making the Bioeconomy bluer & circular
Elisabetta Balzi, Head of the Healthy Oceans&Seas Unit, European Commission, DG R&I

Session 1: Setting the context

10.20-10.35 The Blue Bioeconomy in the Mediterranean
Leonardo Manzari, Westmed Initiative Assistance Mechanism

10.35-10.50 The Blue Bioeconomy in the Med Southern Shore
Roberto Cimino, Cluster BIG
Ezeddine Kacem, Cluster Maritime Tunisien

10.50-11.00 Presentation of the Cluster BIG
Giovanni Caprino, Cluster BIG

11.00-11.15 The strategic action plan in the national and European context
Emilio Campana, CNR

Session 2: Creating Blue Innovation Ecosystems in the Mediterranean

11.15-11.30 Blue Biotechnologies: the experience of B-Blue, BlueBioMed and Mistral projects
Cristian Chiavetta, ENEA
Stefano Valentini, ART-ER

11.30-11.45 Experience in Portugal
Forum Oceano - R. Eiras, Secretary General

11.45-12.00 Experience in Greece
Cluster Strategis - G. Yovanof, President

12.00-12.20 Q&A Panel Discussion (chairs with speakers)

Session 3: Promoting Blue Economy innovation in the Mediterranean

Ilaria Pais, FAROS

12.40-13.00 Blue Sea Land and its role in promoting the blue bioeconomy in the Mediterranean; District Blue Economy projects
Nino Carlino, President of Mazara del Vallo Fishing District

13.00-13.15 Final remarks and conclusions (chairs) 

13.15-14.00 Lunch break

Session 4: BIG vision and proposals for a blue circular bioeconomy

Session chairs:
Emilio Campana, Cluster BIG, Scientific Committee Coordinator
Giovanni Caprino, Cluster BIG, President

14.00-14-10 BIG proposals for a blue circular economy in the fishing and aquaculture sectors
Carlo Pretti, CIBM – CTS BIG

14.10-14.20 Technological gaps and needs to foster a circular economy for the fishing sector: a zero-emission fishing fleet
Stefania Valentini, Federpesca

14.20-14.30 Waste heat driven refrigerator for low-emission fishing vessels
Salvatore Vasta, CNR 

14.30-14.40 TEOREMA project: results and future perspectives
Claudio Lugni, CNR

14.40-14.50 BIG proposals for renewable energies
Gianmaria Sannino, ENEA, CTS BIG

14.50-15.00 Industrial perspectives for marine renewable energy in Italy
Claudio Lugni, CNR
Gianni Scherl, Fincantieri

15.00-15.10 ITEM project: results and future perspectives on blue biotechnologies
Giovanna Romano, SZN

15.10-15.20 BIG proposals for blue biotechnologies
Donatella De Pascale, SZN - CTS BIG

15.20-15.30 Industrial perspectives for blue biotechnologies in Italy
Sara Daniotti, Italbiotec 

Session 5: SwitchMed: sustainable and circular fish food systems for a Blue Economy in the Mediterranean

Session Chair:
Benoît Wuatelet, SwitchMed Blue Economy Team Leader at UNIDO

15.45-15.50 Opening remarks
Benoît Wuatelet, SwitchMed Blue Economy Team Leader at UNIDO

15.50-16.05 Keynote Speech and Thematic contribution 1: State of play of circular blue economy practices in the Mediterranean and future opportunities
Magali Outters, SwitchMed Policy Team Leader at MedWaves

16.05-16.20 Thematic contribution 2: Biotechnological applications of co-products valorisation in the fish processing value chain. The Moroccan experience for biomedical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, agro-industrial applications
Mariem Kharroubi, Research Director and Head of the CVSTPM (Centre Spécialisé de Valorisation des Produits de la Mer) of the INRH (National Institute of Halieutic Research)

16.20-16.35 Thematic contribution 3: Identified business models and opportunities to increase the circularity of the fish processing value chain in Morocco
Charles Delannoy, CEO and General Manager at Procidys

16.35-16.50 Thematic contribution 4: The UNIDO SwitchMed pilot project in Tunisia for a sustainable aquaculture: improving the FCR (Feed Conversion Rate) using SMART Technologies for resource-efficient production systems
Mohamed Salah Azaza, Senior research scientist and Director of the Aquaculture Laboratory at the INSTM (Tunisian National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology)

16.50-17.00 Innovative Business Case 1: Use of insect-based dry protein and lipid product for aquaculture – the case of Next Protein
Syrine Chaalala and Mohamed Gastli, Founders of Next Protein

17.00-17.10 Innovative Business Case 2: Blue Economy emerging sector: algae production - the case of AlgaeCore producing spiruline
Baruch Dach, Co-founder of AlgaeCore

17.10-17.30 Q&A and conclusion remarks
Benoît Wuatelet, SwitchMed Blue Economy Team Leader at UNIDO