Oceans as an opportunity

Unlocking the full potential of the blue economy

The blue economy is expected to be an important driver of economic growth in the coming years, with a shift towards innovative sustainable solutions. Newly developed activities contributing to this growth include energy production and storage, aquaculture, desalination, coastal protection and nature development for ecosystem services.

The use of newly created land at sea has recently been the subject of various discussions, with a number of different views. Technically feasible, questions remain as to how artificial islands can contribute optimally to the blue economy and boost sustainable use of resources.

Conference programme

Oceans

24 October 2021

Deep dive session
Artificial islands and sustainable blue growth
14:00 - 15:30
Belgian Pavilion

Oceans

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Oceans

Deep dive session

Artificial islands and sustainable blue growth

24/10/2021, 14:00 - 15:30 GST (Dubai)

12:00 - 13:30 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

11:00 - 12:30 WAT (Nigeria)

06:00 - 07:30 EDT (New York)

19:00 - 20:30 KST (Seoul)

18:00 - 19:30 CST (Beijing)

15:30 - 17:00 IST (New Delhi)

07:00 - 08:30 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Belgian Pavilion & online

What potential do artificial islands offer in terms of being platforms for sustainable growth and contributing to delivery of SDGs? We zoom in on several ocean developments and raise probing questions about the extent to which activities benefit from being carried out on artificial islands. The aim is to derive better insights into the added value from artificial island developments and help us create synergies between different activities conducted on shared islands.

25 October 2021

Thematic session
Blue Innovation Awards
19:00 - 20:00
Belgian Pavilion

Oceans

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Oceans

Thematic session

Blue Innovation Awards

25/10/2021, 19:00 - 20:00 GST (Dubai)

17:00 - 18:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

16:00 - 17:00 WAT (Nigeria)

11:00 - 12:00 EDT (New York)

00:00 - 01:00 KST (Seoul)

23:00 - 00:00 CST (Beijing)

20:30 - 21:30 IST (New Delhi)

12:00 - 13:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Belgian Pavilion & online

Want to learn about the latest blue economy initiatives coming out of Flanders? Watch the Blue Innovation Awards to become acquainted with this year’s nominees and cast your vote in our audience award.

The Blue Innovation Awards is a Blue Cluster initiative to give exposure to promising projects, products and services within the fast-growing blue economy in Belgium.

17 January 2022

Special session
Sustainable ports (at invitation only)
18:00 - 19:30
Sustainability Pavilion

Oceans

18 January 2022

Deep dive session
Deep dive session: oceans
09:30 - 11:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Oceans

19 January 2022

Deep dive session
Deep dive session: oceans
11:15 - 12:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Oceans

Deep dive session

Building artificial islands in the ocean

Thematic coordinators

Oceans

Thematic partner