The Blue Growth & Maritime Spatial Planning workshop
Cooperative learning by game play short sea shipping and blue growth opportunities in a living maritime spatial planning process of the RICA Sea.
The aim of the workshop was to connect the worlds of Short Sea Shipping – in the widest definition possible – to Blue Growth and Maritime Spatial Planning. The result of the two workshop of one hour each can be summarized with the credo “We’ve experienced the connection, we’ve better understood the connection and now all players are more empowered in decisions concerning short sea shipping, blue growth, planning and the EU integrated maritime policy as such”. One can say – without a doubt – that the workshop was a success in terms of getting a better connection between the worlds of short sea and maritime policy planning. This was the desired outcome and intention of the hands on workshop. Participants know that Maritime Spatial Planning processes (including the attention to be given to the land-sea interactions) are coming their way. Participants know that they can be in the driver’s seat alongside other stakeholders, under the guidance of the planning authorities in their Member States