MOSES project partner SEMRU, NUI Galway held its 10th Annual Marine Economics and Policy Research Symposium on the 28th and 29th of November 2019. The symposium took place in the Marine Institute, Oranmore, Co. Galway in Ireland and MOSES partner members from NUI Galway, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and AZTI Tecnalia presented at the event.
Dr Stephen Hynes of SEMRU and NUI Galway chaired the event and moderated a number of energetic debates regarding sustainability pathways for various marine sectors. On the first day of the symposium, MOSES partner Dr Wes Flannery from QUB gave an overview of his work on marine spatial planning highlighting how important that the approach to marine spatial planning (MSP) should be a transformative process and help to address inequality and democratic deficits in the shared marine space. Understanding these elements of MSP is an important element of translating MOSES results into policy action.
In the second session Dr Arzanta Muriallis from AZTI Tecnalia provided an outline of the work done in the MOSES project measuring vulnerability in the marine environment through the use of an ecosystem services approach. She highlighted this approach using NUTS 2 level data from Spain. This work is being expanded to the other Atlantic member states at NUTS2 level to identify the relative vulnerability levels across the Atlantic coastal regions of the EU.
On day 2 the focus of the MOSES project work being presented was on the Irish case study under Work Package 7. This case study is examining the sustainability of the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW), a coastal touring route along the west coast of Ireland. First, Dr Daniel Norton from SEMRU, NUI Galway presented initial results of a survey which focused on the tourist’s activities and perceived levels of pressures generated by tourism within the case study area. In the second presentation Ms Desiree Farrell from NUI Galway presented results of her work on the opportunities and challenges faced by coastal communities from increased tourism related to the promotion of the WAW coastal touring route. Understanding both residents and tourists views and perceptions is an important step in ensuring that coastal tourism can develop in remote coastal regions in a sustainable manner.