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ABOUT BLUE AZORES

BLUE AZORES

Focused on the conservation and sustainable use of the Azorean Sea, the Blue Azores Program will contribute to protecting, promoting and valuing the rich marine resources of the archipelago.

THREE PARTNERS, ONE VISION

Blue Azores is the result of an international partnership between the Regional Government of the Azores, the Oceano Azul Foundation and the Waitt Institute, uniting in a single vision of a healthy Azorean Sea and a thriving ocean society.

Working closely with the scientific teams at the University of the Azores, this close partnership brings decades of scientific knowledge and expertise from the region to inform each aspect of the program and the implementation of the implementation of the marine protected areas.

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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Protect 30% of the Azorean Sea through Marine Protected Areas, with at least 15% as new, fully protected marine reserves

  • Implement management plans for the new marine reserves and for all existing marine protected areas

  • Legally implement a marine spatial plan

  • Improve fisheries management

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PLAN OF ACTION

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MARINE PROTECTION

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SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES

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OCEAN
LITERACY

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SUSTAINABLE BLUE
BIOECONOMY

BLUE AZORES
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The program will also create new opportunities for sustainable economic development in the Azores, supporting Portugal and the Azores to achieve international objectives set by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ODS) 14, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

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LOCAL TEAM

Blue Azores is operationally supported through extended and specialised teams from the Oceano Azul Foundation and the Waitt Institute, as well as a permanent local team, which works directly with the Regional Government of the Azores and other institutions involved in the program.

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Andreia Nobre

Site Manager of the Blue Azores Program, Andreia brings 20 years of experience in management to the program’s goal of ocean sustainability. Andreia graduated in Mining Engineering and Georesources with an MBA in Management. She has worked in management positions across several countries, sectors and functions. Andreia has lived in the Azores since 2019.

Maria João Cruz

Conservation Project Manager of the Blue Azores Program, Maria João has been with Blue Azores from it’s launch in 2019. With a PhD in Marine Sciences, Maria João has lived in the Azores for over fifteen years and has worked at the University of the Azores doing scientific research related to the study of fisheries interactions with cetaceans. She is based on São Miguel island.

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Ana Monteiro

Born in Flores, Ana joined the Blue Azores Program in 2021 as a Consultant. Recognised for the strong civic involvement she has had over the years, particularly in the defence of the environment, Ana contributes her experience in the local social initiatives. She has a degree in Radiology and in European Studies and International Politics, with a Master's Degree in Social-Organizational Intervention in Health.

Adriano Quintela

Information manager of the Blue Azores Program. Adriano has a degree in Marine Biology and a Phd in Geography from the University of the Azores, where he called home for over 15 years. During his time in the archipelago, Adriano was involved in coastal and watershed environmental planning projects that also included stakeholders engagement. Adriano worked as an environmental consultant in the offshore oil and gas seismic survey industry and was a researcher at the University of Aveiro, where he was involved in several EU funded projects on Marine Spatial Planning, developing tools to assess environmental cumulative impacts of human activities on marine environments. 

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