Atlantic Forum in Cardiff: Sustainable Growth

Octopus preparation - Galicia

The Atlantic Strategy, born as maritime, must lead to a territorial approach of the cooperation in the Atlantic Arc; with the aim to develop a more intelligent, sustainable and inclusive territory, in accordance with the principles of the 2020 EU Strategy and the future cohesion policy.  Regarding this objective, and the willingness to strengthen the coherence with the three dimensions of the cohesion defined by the Lisbon Treaty (territorial, social and economic) ANATOLE is an indispensable tool for the future of the Atlantic Arc.

Covering twenty territories, ANATOLE is creating chances for local economy, finding in the link between local policies and local abilities an answer to the new needs of local inhabitants.  Even if local representatives are keen to organise the local economy, they face a wide complexity (regulations, variations of products, seasonality, fashion…). Thus they need skills and prepared staff.  In their meetings and works, Anatole partnership have exchanged on their local experiences and good practices while implementing local actions involving stakeholders and decision-makers so as to promote local economy. Main topic: food needs, but others are at stake like energy, supplies or tourism.

In the Atlantic Forum held in Cardiff at the end of January 2013, these topics were discussed under the “Sustainable Growth: the role of the Seafood sector”. The different speakers endeavoured a debate on the topics of seafood and aquaculture, sustainable fishing, market opportunities, developing economic value and gastro-tourism.

You can see the videos of these sessions HERE.

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