Lisbon International Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop
The Lisbon International Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop entitled "Deep Sea Mining… an opportunity to do things right" was organized by Fundacao EurOcean and CNTI in the context of the project MARINA, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, on May 7th 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The workshop is one of the 34 European MMLs that will be conducted by the MARINA project partners all over Europe, as well as the sixth of the eight international workshops that will be conducted European cities between 2017 and 2018. The goal of the MML workshops is to create common visions, engage stakeholders to decide on common action plans on important marine issues related to the European Blue Growth Strategy, which will be exploited as policy recommendations on a national and European levels. In addition, the results of the workshops will provide input for the roadmap of Responsible Research and Innovation good practice as well as recommendations about embedding the RRI in the policy-making processes. The results will be assembled in a comprehensive report that will be submitted to the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
The Lisbon International MML workshop brought together thirty one (31) participants from the public and private sectors, NGOs, citizens and local authorities interested in issues concerning the topic under discussion.
The Triggering Question (TQ) of the workshop was:
"How can RRI serve to bridge deep sea mining, sustainability and policy?"
In response to the TQ, the 31 participants came up with 48 ideas, which were categorized in 12 clusters. Following the voting process, 32 ideas received one or more votes and were structured to create the influence MAP shown below.
According to the participants of this workshop, the ideas that appear to be the most influential were:
- Action #36: (8 votes) Make environmental impact assessment mandatory for DSM within the EU.
- Action #38: (3 votes) All DSM companies should have an environmental manager at board level now.
- Action #34: (4 votes) Fund small scale pilot cases to evaluate impacts.
- Action #16: (3 votes) Create a unified consensual and updated document written by geologists that are experts in deep sea mineral resources.
- Action #9: (7 votes) First we must question why we consider to need DSM now.