Project partner Croatian Chamber of Economy created Innovation strategy of the macro-regional S3 on Blue growth (D.T.2.3.3) within the activity Activity T2.3-Innovation strategy and Action plan for innovation investment in Blue Growth.

 Marine and maritime research and innovation hold the key to achieving the EU’s goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. By protecting and restoring marine ecosystems and fostering sustainable innovation, the blue economy can become a hub of ideas and action. Innovative technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, advanced modelling, robotics, sophisticated sensors, and autonomous systems are poised to revolutionize the blue economy, driving progress and sustainability across sectors.

 Research and innovation play a crucial role in the transformation needed to achieve the Green Deal. Investment in research and innovation will pave the way for sustainable blue economy value chains and facilitate the green and digital transitions. Smart specialization strategies further boost innovation through various funding opportunities, developing European value chains.

 The purpose of strategy is to provide direction, coherence, and resource optimization, ensuring that stakeholders thrive in competitive environments while preserving the sustainability of the environment and natural habitats. By setting clear goals, developing action plans, and mobilizing resources, organizations (within innovation ecosystems) can ensure their survival, sustainability, and growth. Strategic objectives serve as a compass, guiding desired outcomes and impacts. Translating strategic goals into practical steps through action plans ensures progress towards the vision of the desired future. By mobilizing and focusing resources, efficiency is optimized, distractions are minimized, and success is maximized.

 The vision of the Innovation strategy is: Built vibrant Adriatic-Ionian Innovation Community composed by all Q-Helix actors that pursues macro regional transformative activities toward Smart and Sustainable Blue Economy making the most of opportunities provided by its seas, lakes and rivers!

 The vision of the Innovation strategy will be realized through the key elements – long-term goals, short-term objectives, initiatives (activities), inputs (tools and resources), and expected results, outcomes and impacts.

Document consists of six parts. After first two parts on purpose, vision, concept and framework, in third part follows overview of the methodology used for the preparation of the Roadmap for Innovation strategy and accompanying Action plan for innovation activities. The fourth part presents focus areas identified through research, analysis and diagnostic of relevant analytical documents (project deliverables). The fifth part presents long-term goals and short-term objectives are presented in sixth part.

Further details on D.T.2.3.3. Innovation Strategy of the macro-regional S3 on Blue growth can be found on following link.

The BlueAir project is financed under the Interreg ADRION program, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the IPA II Fund.