The Sea For Society (SFS) project was represented at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC), which took place in Barcelona, Spain, from 17 to 21 November.
The Conference was organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) with The Oceanography Society (TOS) and brought together over 600 scientists, stakeholders and policy-makers from 76 countries, to review the advancements achieved in ocean science and technology in the last two decades, and to explore future needs and plan international collaboration for the coming decade, towards improving ocean governance.
The SFS project was presented in two sessions. Manuel Cira, from Nausicaá, SFS Project Coordinator, participated in a Session on “Success stories in capacity-building in ocean sciences” with a poster entitled “A new dialogue process to find solutions towards Blue Society”.
Manuel presented the SFS Mobilization and Mutual Learning Action Plan (MMLAP) and the project’s aim of bringing together citizens, researchers, businesses and decision makers towards the development of a Blue Society that will tackle environmental, economic and social challenges, using the oceans ecosystem services in a sustainable way. Moreover he addressed the results of the Consultations that took place in the summer of 2013, in 9 European countries, covering 6 key themes: food supply, human health, a place to live, transport, energy, leisure and tourism.
Martha Papathanassiou, from the SFS Partner HCMR, Area Leader for Greece, participated in a Workshop dedicated to “Promoting communication within the early career marine scientists” with a presentation entitled “Engaging with the Citizens/Youth of Greece to identify challenges and barriers for marine ecosystems”.
Martha presented the results from the two participatory citizen/youth Consultations held in Athens, Greece, in July 2013. These consultations were based on the Collective Intelligence (CI) methodology and covered the 6 key themes mentioned above, with a special focus on the issues of Leisure and Tourism and of Transport.
These presentations contributed to disseminate the SFS project and to discuss the Blue Society concept and the results from the Consultation process. These results are being analysed in the context of the preparation of the Mobilisation activities, which will be finalised at the next meeting of the SFS Consortium, at the Sea Academy, in December. The Mobilization activities will start, at the European and national levels, in January 2015.
For further information visit the Conference website.