The Tribune by Christoph Madrol and Rafael Rubio: ‘The Sea, a New Political Place’.

Christoph Madrol and Rafael Rubio © DRX

The attraction to the ocean, for example, has been stimulated by the need to find alternative energy sources along with other raw materials. When the earth’s resources are depleted, the sea and its blue attract the possibility of growth. The statistics, moreover, are significant. 90% of hydrocarbons and 84% of rare metals are in the ocean floor. Only 10% of marine plant and animal species are known to scientists. The surface of the Moon and Mars is probably better mapped than our own ocean floor, according to recognized sources. The sea, in the end, remains the core and future of humanity.

The Euro-Mediterranean Blue Growth Fair (EuroMaritime 2022), which opens in Marseille this Tuesday, June 28, has many challenges to deal with. The bets are high. About 260 exhibitors, 30 conferences, 17 start-ups and about 950 BTOB meetings, themes such as port multimodality, logistics, security, marine or even biological resources, hydrography and the urgency of pollution. Dealing with the head

If the richness of the debate and the quality of the speakers are part of the strength of the show, then the stakes are even wider: putting the sea, especially the Mediterranean, in a new political place.

The purely technical management of environmental and marine resources, as we have underlined, is largely inadequate. Worse, it appears to be conflicting, even warlike. The division of exclusive maritime territories, for example, has long been questioned, especially in the eastern Mediterranean. Moreover, the problems of decarbonization, environmental constraints of construction sites, electrification of wharves, hydrogen for the sea, transportation and tourism professionals cannot be solved without a political perspective.

Let us be clear, we are talking about the renaissance of the concept of politics here. These last 35 years have, in fact, been marked by a definite management of marine and environmental problems. Its name, rule, inspired by the Anglo-Saxon model. We now know that its policy is based on an illusion: the removal of political decision-making in favor of pure knowledge, skill and strategy.

Recent climate and geopolitical problems, however, have made general governance obsolete. The time has come to rehabilitate in politics.

Let us be reminded of how much the invention of politics depends on the sea. Ancient Athens, a thalassocratic power, owes its worldview to its openness and its maritime trade. From the beginning, the sea refers to plural encounters, debates, joint decision making, resource sharing management.

How, nowadays, can the question of tourism, passenger transport and cruise, for example, be considered without the general and reasonable details of a plan?

In the same vein, how, without planning, can you think about logistical difficulties, flow questions or even cyber risks?

The Sea therefore calls for a new approach to conception policy: if planning is needed, it cannot be effective without involving a wide range of actors: companies, professionals, investors, local authorities, citizens, associations, states and territories, all must return Have to go The path of political and democratic debate.

As such, a parliament of the sea would be an interesting idea capable of asserting itself as a source of proposal and innovation. Finally, since there is no politics without education, the creation of a Lycée and a Campus de la Mer in Marseille will give our city considerable international influence.

It is together and collectively that we will embrace the problems and challenges of tomorrow, be they environmental, social or economic. Says Frederick Moncani de Saint-Agnানn.

This combined ambition, we believe, will be closely political.

Christoph Madrol Regional Councilor Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. President of the Union of Centrist and Ecologist (UCE).

- Rafael Rubio General Secretary of the Igali-Terre Association. BTS Professor of Management and Water Control.

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