Brussels International Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop
The Brussels International Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop entitled "Governance of the High Seas: an inclusive approach" was organized by World Ocean Network and CNTI in the context of the project MARINA, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, on May 29th 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
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 last 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 Brussels International MML workshop brought together fourteen (14) 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 RRI actions are needed for a good governance of the high seas?"
In response to the TQ, the 14 participants came up with 39 ideas, which were categorized in 8 clusters. Following the voting process, 27 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 #10: (2 votes) Generate sufficient data of biodiversity status in areas beyond national jurisdiction
- Action #2: (2 votes) Census of marine life accessible to all
- Action #34: (8 votes) Maintain a regional approach by improving the functioning and the effectiveness of existing governance bodies
- Action #23: (5 votes) Respect for regional approach for both science and fisheries management and encourage collaboration
The workshop was facilitated by Andreas P. Andreou.