Booking open for Across the Sands of Dee 2019, Monday 9th September, Chester

Across the Sands of Dee 2019 is an exciting opportunity for people with an interest in the Dee Estuary and Liverpool Bay to gain insight into marine planning in advance of the consultation on the draft north west marine plans later this year, and to input their views into a developing National Lottery Heritage Fund bid for the Dee Estuary.

As well as an update on progress on the north west marine plans and the Welsh National Marine Plan participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on with marine planning by playing the Maritime Spatial Planning Challenge board game – a ‘serious’ game developed by the Dutch Government and NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences that uses game technology and role-play to support communication and learning for marine planning. The version we will be using is Liverpool University’s Sustainable Coasts and Oceans edition. For more information follow this link. The game is played in teams and no prior knowledge is needed – all will be explained on the day!

The second workshop session will explore proposals for a Dee Estuary-wide project – Dee Coastliners. Dee Coastliners is a Tidal Dee Catchment Partnership project led by Cheshire Wildlife Trust and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. In this particular workshop we will focus on cross-border working including future needs and aspirations.

Participation in this event can help to meet continuing professional development needs.

This event is being delivered by the North West Coastal Forum as part of the Marine Management Organisation’s Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement project, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

The workshop is free to attend but places are limited so booking is essential. Follow this link to Eventbrite to book your place.

Across the Sands of Dee 2019 Provisional Programme

09:45 Registration

10:15 Introduction & Welcome – Dave McAleavy, Conference Chair & Chair, North West Coastal Forum

Implementing Marine Planning – Progress in England and Wales:

The North West Marine Plans  Ed Wright, Marine Management Organisation

The Welsh National Marine Plan – Rachel Mulholland, Cefas, on behalf of Welsh Government

Questions

11:10 Coffee break

11:30 Break out into parallel workshops:

Group 1: Marine Planning Challenge Game

Introduction to the Marine Planning Challenge Gaming Session – Sue Kidd & Stephen

Jay, Liverpool University

Marine Planning Challenge Game Session

Group 2: Developing the Dee Coastliners Project: Cross-border Partnership Working

Introduction to the Dee Coastliners Project – Sarah Bennett, Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Cross-border Partnership Working – Lucy Taylor, Severn Estuary Partnership

Dee Coastliners Workshop Session

13:15 Lunch and networking

14:00 Workshops continue (Groups swap workshop theme)

Group 1: Developing the Dee Coastliners Project: Cross-border Partnership Working

Introduction to the Dee Coastliners Project – Sarah Bennett, Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Cross-border Partnership Working – Lucy Taylor, Severn Estuary Partnership

Dee Coastliners Workshop Session

Group 2: Marine Planning Challenge Game

Introduction to the Marine Planning Challenge Gaming Session – Sue Kidd & Stephen Jay,

Liverpool University

Marine Planning Challenge Game Session

15:45 Plenary: feedback from both workshops and discussion

16:15 Summing up and next steps – Caroline Salthouse, NWCF

16:25 Closing thoughts – Conference Chair

16:30 Event Close

NB The organisers reserve to change the venue, timing and speakers due to circumstances beyond their control.

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