SIMCelt workshop - 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder platform conference, Dublin
The MSP Challenge Game - Marine Scotland ed. was launched in at the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder platform conference, on Sept 27, 2016, in a playful workshop with around 60 stakeholders from across the Atlantic region.
The workshop was organized by the SIMCelt project, and moderated by Sue Kidd (University of Liverpool) and Rhona Fairgrieve (Scottish Coastal Forum).
The workshop connects with the Atlantic Area ambitions to create sustainable growth in coastal and marine regions and drive forward the "blue economy" while preserving the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean. It aims to
- Provide interactive participation with an inspiring new method of stakeholder engagement related to Maritime Spatial Planning (the MSP Challenge board game.
- Facilitate discussion of MSP for providing opportunities for related entrepreneurship and innovation, including the potential for associated AAP-related projects.
- Introduce the SIMCelt project as a practical example of transnational working on MSP that connects to the Atlantic Action Plan.
At the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, EU commissioner Vella (DG Mare) showed great interest in the game which immediately made him think of ‘a war game’ for the good cause of Blue Growth and Sustainability. Pictures of Vella giving the game a try are displayed at the EU website. http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoDetails.cfm?sitelang=EN&ref=032483#12
Immediately after the conference, the game was transported to Dun Laoghaire, just outside Dublin, where it was showcased at the Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial conference.