Blue Bio Med policy experiment workshops apply innovative methodologies to understand sustainable development challenges

CREDA has implemented, with the help of Reimagined Futures, one of these methodologies, systems mapping. In the first workshop on the challenge of marine plastic pollution in the Mediterranean, this technique helped participants identify factors facilitating and impeding sustainable transformation.

As part of her involvement in the policy experiments work package (WP4), CREDA arranged the first workshop on the challenge of marine plastic pollution in the Mediterranean on July 1st. In the meeting -an online workshop with representatives from businesses, universities and other research institutions, government and civil society located in Catalonia- participants aimed at mapping factors facilitating sustainable change, that could help to tackle the challenge in the Mediterranean. The systems mapping methodology assisted participants in fulfilling this purpose, by providing them with a preliminary map of the factors linked to the challenge, and the relationships between them. The map had been developed previously by CREDA and Reimagined Futures, through desk research and expert interviews.

In small working groups of 4 to 5 stakeholders, participants analysed parts of the map, and suggested ways to amend them; in some cases, participants suggested adding or deleting some of these relationships, in others, their advice was to rephrase the wording of certain factors. For further information about how systems mapping works, an example is provided on the website of Reimagined Futures.

In the second half of September, CREDA is planning to organise a second workshop fulfilling the same goal, however with stakeholders from all over the Mediterranean basin. In the second half of October, a final workshop will be organised with stakeholders from all over the Mediterranean, this time with the aim of co-developing proposals of innovative actions, that could be carried out to tackle the challenge. The same stakeholders are expected to participate in both workshops.

For this reason, CREDA is happy to invite stakeholders from all over the Mediterranean  -representatives from businesses, universities and other research institutions, government, and civil society- to take part in the workshops organised around the challenge of marine plastic pollution. Any interested party is kindly suggested to approach lourdes.reig@remove-this.upc.edu and david.fernandez.guerrero@remove-this.upc.edu for further information on how to take part in the workshops. By participating in the workshops, stakeholders will not only be able to suggest proposals of actions to tackle the challenge of marine plastic pollution; additionally, these events provide an opportunity to start working with like-minded parties on innovative projects related to the challenge, that could be put in practice. To help in the implementation of these projects, Blue Bio Med intends to develop arrangements to support sustainable innovation across the Mediterranean.

Further information: What are policy experiments?

As part of her involvement in WP4, CREDA coordinates the implementation of a range of policy experiments tackling sustainable development challenges in the Mediterranean, with the help of ART-ER (project lead partner), the Catalan Government (the associated partners of Directorate General of Maritime Policy and Sustainable Fisheries and Waste Management Agency, as well the Area of Economic Promotion -PANORAMED WP 10 Innovation-) and the BLUENETCAT Catalan Maritime Network, also associated partner. Policy experiments consist of multi-actor workshops where quadruple helix stakeholders work together in identifying potential activities to tackle sustainable development challenges. The policy experiments fulfil a three-fold goal:

·       Stimulating an open discussion around the value added of transformative innovation policy approaches to address common challenges

·       Collecting inputs for the further development of a governance model to implement transformative innovation policies across the Mediterranean

·    Connecting stakeholders from the quadruple helix and from different MED regions and countries wanting to work together on the challenge with a transformative approach.

 

The following policy experiments are currently under development:

·       Circularity in sustainable aquaculture, led by ART-ER

·       Recovery and recycling of macro-plastics waste, led by CREDA

·       Reducing and eradicating the impact of invasive alien species, led by IFAPA

Digitalisation of the blue bioeconomy, led by NCSRD