Galway International Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop
The Galway International Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop entitled "Explore the Development of Sustainable Tourism Opportunities within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) through Responsible Research and Innovation" was organized by SmartBay Ireland, Limited (SmartBay) and CNTI in the context of the project MARINA, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, on October 5th 2017 in Galway, Ireland.
The workshop is one of the 34 European MMLs that will be conducted by the MARINA project partners all over Europe, as well as the fourth of the eight international workshops that will be conducted European cities between 2017 and 2018. The goal of the MML workshops is to create common visions, engage stakeholders to decide on common action plans on important marine issues related to the European Blue Growth Strategy, which will be exploited as policy recommendations on a national and European levels. In addition, the results of the workshops will provide input for the roadmap of Responsible Research and Innovation good practice as well as recommendations about embedding the RRI in the policy-making processes. The results will be assembled in a comprehensive report that will be submitted to the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
The Galway International MML workshop brought together sixteen (16) participants from the public and private sectors, NGOs, citizens and local authorities interested in issues concerning the topic under discussion.
The Triggering Question (TQ) of the workshop was:
"What actions are needed from a policy, social / cultural , economic and technological perspective to develop sustainable tourism ventures within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)?"
In response to the TQ, the 16 participants came up with 24 ideas, which were categorized in 4 clusters. Following the voting process, 20 ideas received one or more votes and were structured to create the influence MAP shown below.
According to the participants of this workshop, the ideas that appear to be the most influential were:
- Action #2: (5 votes) Formulate a comprehensive (practical, theoretical, technological, scientific) education program for delivery to age group 10-18 year olds
- Action #8: (3 votes) Get people and particularly young people to the seaside where they can have transformative experiences that they will seek to relive throughout their lives
The workshop was facilitated by Katerina Fotiou and Andreas P. Andreou.