In view of the 'European Maritime Day in My Country 2019' initiative, Malta Marittima teamed up with the Physical Oceanography Research Group, University of Malta, and organised a one day workshop.  The theme of this national event was entitled "Safeguarding the Marine Environment Together: Bridging Conservation and Stakeholder Uses in the NE Marine Protected Areas". The workshop, which was very well attended, aimed to empower stakeholders in the appraisal of existing conflicts between conservation objectives and the effects of human activities carried out within the North-East Marine Protected Area in the Maltese Islands. The programme comprised a practical marine spatial planning exercise to investigate possible solutions to meet conservation objectives without disrupting essential economic activities. It was designed to network the stakeholders, and build dialogue and awareness on common issues. The aim of the workshop was to involve local communities for active participation in decision making and in finding solutions to match development with environmental conservation; re-assessing economic activities to reduce conflicts for the same space and resources; identifying new management measures to mitigate the impacts of human activities on coastal habitats, and developing common, coordinated and feasible actions to fulfil national and EU goals, directives and legislation. 

 

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