Successful first round of the French Sea For Society Citizen/Youth consultations
The first session of citizen/youth consultations in France took place on May the 15th at Nausicaá, the National Sea Center in Boulogne-sur-Mer (the country's largest fishing port and first town for the transformation of sea products). It gathered 16 enthusiastic participants aged from 18 to 28, coming from different maritime and non-maritime regions from all over France.

A representative of Green Cross France and Territories implicated in the national debates on energy transition joined the session as an observer.

Representatives of the French and Belgian partners and associated partners of the project also joined the participants (Ifremer -the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, the French Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and VLIZ –the Flanders Marine Institute). Together, they debated on how to change our relation to the world ocean by bringing new ideas to frame the Blue society.

This studious day ended with a joyful dinner and a walk around the seaside to discover the local marine and maritime assets.


The night before, an event had been organized at the aquarium to present this innovative open-dialogue process in Europe and the Blue Society concept to the participants, to key economic and political stakeholders and to the media.





The second round of the Sea For Society French consultations will take place in June (24, 25 and 26) at Nausicaa, gathering key stakeholders and young citizens to debate and bring new ideas and solutions related to the link between the oceans and human health issues.

A last stakeholder session in September will close the French consultations with a focus on the energy theme.


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