MarSP 2nd Stakeholder Engagement Workshop in the process of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Azores

April 2, 2019

Date: 12 april 2019

Parallel sessions at Ponta Delgada (São Miguel) | Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira) | Horta (Faial)

MarSP project - Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning aims to support the implementation of maritime spatial planning processes in the three outermost regions of Macaronesia - the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries. The entities of the Azores that integrate this initiative are the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs (DRAM) and the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT), the project coordinator, which also counts with the scientific and technical support of the University of the Azores.

The MarSP project represents the opportunity to put into motion the Maritime Spatial Planning process of the Azores (the so-called OEMA). It is intended that, throughout the whole process, the involvement and participation of the Azorean society is carried out in a comprehensive and transparent way. In this sense, all interested parties were invited to participate in the 2nd Stakeholder Engagement Workshop in the OEMA process, assuming that the barriers imposed by the geographic dispersion of the archipelago can be minimized by the simultaneous realization of the Workshop in three islands (São Miguel, Terceira and Faial).

To date, different actions have been developed to implement the project’s tasks, namely the 1st Stakeholder Engagement Workshop, which resulted, in particular, in the definition of a Vision and for objectives for OEMA. Based on these objectives, a methodology was developed for setting up future scenarios for the Azores. (Check the AZORES 1ST STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP - RESULTS)

Subsequently, interviews were carried out with the various actors involved in the different maritime sectors identified for the Azores: fishing, aquaculture, navigation and maritime transport, ports and marinas, tourism, marine biotechnology and scientific research, underwater cultural heritage and environmental conservation and Marine Protected Areas. During the interviews, information was collected that will contribute to the characterization of each sector, namely a diagnostic analysis (identification of strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats), identification of the pressures to which the sector may be subjected and analysis of interactions (conflicts and/ or synergies) between sector-sectors, a land-sea approach and interactions (positive and/ or negative impacts) with the environment.

This 2nd Stakeholder Engagement Workshop of the MarSP project in the Azores archipelago aims to present, discuss and validate the scenarios developed for the Azores and the results obtained during the approach to the various maritime activities, with a focus on the data gathered during sector interviews.

To participate in this Workshop, register, until 4th of april, at Google Form or by email info.dram@azores.gov.pt.


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