The event aims to foster debate and the exchange of good practice on how to involve citizens further in protecting the environment in the EU Outermost Regions (OR). It will discuss the processes of shaping “green“ and “blue” citizenship, showing good practices and examples of citizen-led initiatives in forest and animal protection (green) and activities related to the sea (blue).
Citizenship in the 21st century has increasingly assumed new shapes, extending to the most varied themes, uniting citizens from different walks of life and places in the defence of common causes. In the EU Outermost Regions, the unique value of these territories and their rich biodiversity has prompted new “environmental citizenships”, "blue" and "green", bringing together different stakeholders, with a growing focus on the younger generations. This session will discuss relevant initiatives in the OR in the field of species protection, maritime conservation and environmental literacy, with a focus on young people and environmental education. This session is to be seen in the overall context of the green transition set out in the European Green Deal, which calls for citizens to play their part, alongside government policies and regulation; and of the EU strategy for the outermost regions, which seeks to support the shift to a greener and more sustainable economy.
Moderator: Gui Menezes, Director of the Research Center OKEANOS, University of the Azores
Environmental protection: The New Citizenship, Ricardo Serrão, Minister of the Sea, Portugal (tbc) (3”)
Paula Duarte Gaspar, Head of Unit Outermost regions, DG Regio,EC (3”)
Statements from the EU Outermost Regions (40”)
Speaker: Sofia Garcia, Project manager
Project website: http://www.azores.gov.pt/gra/dram-soscagarro
Speaker: Sara Rendal Freire. Territorial and Environmental Management and Planning Agency. Government of the Canary Islands.
Promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FvPOtx6Su8
Project website: http://www.redpromar.com/
Speaker: Houlam Chamssidine, President of Mayotte Nature Environnement (MNE)
Project website: https://mayottenatureenvironnement.com/
Q&A session (30-45’)