AGEO’s International Stakeholder Workshop

During the 21st of January 2021 the Interreg Atlantic Area project AGEO has organized its first international workshop for stakeholders led by the French partner Université de Bretagne Occidentale.

During the workshop the stakeholders were able to know in-depth the work of the project and the planning of the partners for the five pilots: the Citizens’ observatory on rockfalls and rockfall-triggers in the Canary Islands, Spain led by IGME (Instituto Geológico Minero Español);

  • Citizens’ observatory on rockfalls and rockfall-triggers in Giants’ Causeway and Carrick-a-rede, Northern Ireland led by GSNI (Geological Survey of Northern Ireland)
  • Multihazard Citizens’Observatory in Lisbon, Portugal led by the Lisbon Municipality
  •  Citizens’ observatory of slope instability monitoring in Madeira island, Portugal conducted by UMA (University of Madeira)
  • Citizens’ observatory of vulnerability to coastal Risks in Brittany, France by the host of the workshop, UBO (Université de Bretagne Occidentale).

Attended by more than 70 participants including Universities, governmental bodies, local public authorities, civil protection personnel, Geoparks, Emergencies and environment bodies, urban and tourism planning agencies, this workshop culminates months of work by the Consortium in networking with relevant stakeholders of the Atlantic Area in order to put into action the plans for the pilots delayed by the CoVid-19 pandemic. The objectives of the online event were to present the roadmap and visions of the individual observatories and find tools and support for the implementation, share and define common methods and tools for assessing risks (satellite images, indicators, instrumentation, GIS…), establish harmonised operational recommendations between the different pilot observatories to monitor natural risks, developing citizen sciences in collaboration with populations to educate and transfer results. These objectives were met with excellent results.

Stakeholders present included Geoparks, public authorities, Civil protection and emergency services, Universities, tourism services and researchers.

The recording of the workshop will be made available through AGEO social media channels and website, here.