martes, 20 de mayo de 2014

Sea For Society: Avanzando hacia una nueva percepción del Oceáno para los ciudadanos europeos

Sea For Society es un proyecto de Movilización y Aprendizaje Mutuo (MML) del Séptimo Programa Marco (FP7) de la Comisión Europea, que diálogo abierto y participativo entre grupos de interés, los ciudadanos y los jóvenes, con el objetivo de compartir conocimiento, forjar alianzas y habilitar actores sociales en asuntos relacionados con el Océano.

La primera fase del proyecto ha concluido y, en total, han tenido lugar 39 Foros de discusión en nueve países europeos que representan regiones marítimas concretas: Mar Báltico, Mar del Norte, Canal de la Mancha, Mar Mediterráneo y Océano Atlántico.

Los resultados de estos "fórums geográficos" están siendo analizados desde la perspectiva de las Ciencias Sociales y de las Ciencias del Mar, proporcionando una actualización sobre la percepción que los ciudadanos europeos tienen sobre los océanos.

 Engaging and empowering European citizens: on the way!
A total of 19 Stakeholders and 20 Citizens/Youth Consultation Forums took place in nine European countries (France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden) representing different European marine regions. The consultation forums engaged European stakeholders, citizens and youth in a participatory dialogue to discuss how European citizens engage and relate with the seas focusing on six themes linking marine environment to their everyday life: Human Health, Energy, Leisure and Tourism, Transport, A Place to Live and Food Supply.
The consultation forums counted with a high level participation of stakeholders, citizens and youth contributing to the success of the Sea For Society dialogue sessions.

The “Collective Inteligence” methodology employed in the Consultation Forums was well received by the participants of the forums that commented that it was enjoyable to use and a great way of identifying and discussing ideas from a group. The methodology is an “idea structuring” and “value structuring” process.

The results from the Consultation phase are at their final stage of analysis. They are being compared
and analysed on a transnational basis in order to identify commonalities and differences across the
different regions and cultures in Europe. The perceptions of the European citizens on the Ocean will
contribute the definition of the concept of Blue Society that is also an objective of the project. The
results of the consultation phase will lead to mobilization actions being taken at a European and
national/regional level to address the concerns that the European citizens highlighted during the
dialogue sessions.

The concept of Blue Society – going beyond the Blue Growth initiative
The Sea For Society intends to go beyond the Blue Growth initiative, helping to achieve Europe 2020 strategy for “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”, by developing the concept of Blue Society which explores how humankind can coexist with, and benefit from the oceans and their resources without harming them.

The Blue Society supports the development of new and innovative products and technologies based on the tremendous opportunities offered by the world oceans and the recent marine technological developments to satisfy the needs of present and future generations in a spirit of “positive growth”, and taking into account the restoration and the sustainability of the marine ecosystems.

To accomplish that objective the SFS project has brought together a group of high level participants that are involved in the definition of the Blue Society concept. The Blue Society Expert Group is composed of 16 recognised experts in different areas of society as for example industry, innovation companies, research, education, arts and policy making.

The launch of this think tank group, chaired by François Simard, Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Fisheries IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme, took place on September 23rd, 2013. Currently the Blue Society Expert Group is defining the founding principles of the Blue Society concept which will be further detailed taking into account the European citizen’s perceptions on the Oceans resulting from the dialogue sessions.

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