Planning for Citizen Participation in Mission Ocean & Waters - Webinar Series

Planning for Citizen Participation in Mission Ocean & Waters - Webinar Series
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

This spring, PREP4BLUE is continuing its webinar series titled “Planning for Citizen Participation in Mission Ocean & Waters.” Over three one-hour sessions, participants will learn how to design a project, work package, or programme of activities in alignment with the citizen engagement targets of the EU Mission: Restore Our Ocean and Waters By 2030 (or Mission Ocean). The webinars are designed as bite-sized, targeted sessions that will equip the audience with key information and knowledge of where/how to access more details or expertise. The schedule for the spring 2024 series is below.

The webinar series is aimed primarily at anyone applying for Mission Ocean funding under Horizon Europe. It will also be of interest to current Mission-funded projects, as well as those working on citizen engagement in marine and freshwater-related activities across the NGO, industry, research, community, citizen science groups, and local government sectors.

The European Commission’s ambition in relation to citizen engagement with Mission Ocean falls under a handful of clear themes. Each of the webinars in this series is structured around one of these themes. Overall, the series will equip the audience with the knowledge required to orient project proposals and restoration, anti-pollution, and other related activities towards the Mission’s targets in relation to citizen engagement.

If you have any questions, please contact David Whyte at

Webinar Schedule

Webinar 7: Fostering Marine Citizenship for Mission Ocean


Date/time: Thursday 21st March, 11.00 CET, Online


How can positive behaviour change towards the ocean be encouraged and measured? Marine citizenship is an emerging concept to describe peoples’ right to participate in the transformation of the human-ocean relationship for sustainability. This webinar will outline how marine citizenship can be understood and how a project around supporting, measuring and evaluating it might be designed, specifically to achieve the targets of Mission Ocean and the UN Ocean Decade.

About the trainer: Dr Pamela Buchan, University of Exeter

Dr Pamela Buchan is an interdisciplinary marine scientist and current Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Pamela completed her interdisciplinary PhD on marine citizenship in 2021, and since then has been engaged in a wide range of research projects concerned with the social impacts of marine activities and participatory marine governance. Her research is informed by her academic background in marine biology, coastal zone management, and social sciences, and her professional experiences in inshore fisheries and port management, local government, and public engagement with science. As an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, in 2023 Pamela led an international transdisciplinary project investigating marine identity. She is currently collaborating with key marine decision-makers in the UK: The Crown Estate, Marine Management Organisation, and Natural England.

Webinar 8: Positioning Fishers as Core Partners for Mission Ocean Projects


Date/time: Wednesday 17th April, 11.00 CEST, Online


Fishers are one of the key stakeholder groups active across European waters. They are also some of the most knowledgeable and skilled communities when it comes to engaging with those ecosystems. Put simply, Mission Ocean will not achieve its objectives unless fishers are included in its activities and become key partners and actors. Acknowledging this reality, Mission Ocean funding calls consistently require projects to build in engagement and participation with fishers, fisheries, and fishers’ representative groups.

This webinar will draw on the experience of both researchers and fishers’ representatives of how both groups can work together successfully to deliver impactful projects in spaces such as technology development, Marine Protected Areas, and pollution control. We will discuss the opportunities provided by having fishers and researchers participating together in research projects, some of the challenges that this might entail, and how they can be solved. We will also discuss some of the specific activities that Mission Ocean is funding in this space and how projects could best be shaped to engage with them.

About the trainers:

Dr. Sandra Ramos and Dr Marisa Almeida are co-ordinators of the Mission Ocean funding project NetTag+ and previously of NetTag. Based on synergistic activities between the fisheries industry, scientists, and NGOs, NETTAG+ aims to develop solutions to PREVENT, AVOID and MITIGATE the harmful impacts of lost fishing gear on marine life and habitats. We will also be joined by a fishers’ representative from Portugal who has experience of collaborating on research projects. Together the facilitators will draw on their experience in these and similar projects to outline good practices (and pitfalls!) in researcher-fisher collaborations, specifically within the framing of Mission Ocean’s stakeholder engagement targets.

Webinar 9: Engaging Children and Young People in Mission Ocean


Date/time: Wednesday 24th April, 1pm CEST, Online


Including young people in decision making processes and in aquatic projects is a key aim of various international frameworks, such as Mission Ocean. There are specific issues when it comes to partnering with young people and children in projects – for example, ethics, extra time needed, specific methods and participatory frameworks. This webinar will outline the specific issues and challenges around engaging young people in marine/environment/sustainability-related projects, and how they might be overcome. It will also include the voices of young people who have participated in relevant projects in the past, to get a sense of their own experience of such processes.

Topics that this webinar will cover include:

·        What is the difference between doing co-creation with young people versus older people;

·        How an increase in ocean literacy in young people can be supported;

·        Youth inclusion in direct democratic / participatory processes, particularly around ocean/sustainability topics;

·        How to include the young people after primary school age but under “Early Career Ocean Professional” age;

·        The opportunities linked to leveraging the European Solidarity Corps for including young people in aquatic projects;

·        How to measure, monitor, and evaluate the results of youth inclusion in aquatic projects and activities.

About the trainer:

Katie Reid is a participation specialist whose work and research focuses on child, youth and intergenerational participatory processes on issues related to the environment and children’s rights. She led the children’s participation process for Scotland’s Climate Assembly, and was part of the intergenerational team to design and deliver Ireland’s Children and Young People’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss. At the global level, Katie was the child participation focal point for the development of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment No.26 on children’s rights and the environment and climate crisis. She holds an MSc in Childhood Studies from the University of Edinburgh. 

 In case you missed them, recordings from Webinars 1-6 are available here!

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