Stakeholder workshops

Below you can read about the stakeholder workshops held in the different case regions

Click here to find reports from our stakeholder workshops from the different case regions.

PERICLES Heritage: Workshop – demo development in Marsaxlokk, Malta

On the 4th and 5th March 2020 a 2 day workshop was held in Marsaxlokk Malta to plan and develop two collaborative projects.

  1. Stories of the waterfront: Digitally guided tours in and around Marsaxlokk Bay
  2. Fishing for recipes. Connecting, seafood, fisheries and culinary practices.

During the workshop plans were made for each of the projects and both projects are currently underway and can be followed on our website and social media pages.

You can read the full report of the workshop here.

PERICLES Heritage: Stakeholders meeting in Marsaxlokk, Malta

The workshop took place in the Parish facilities of Marsaxlokk on the 14th of November. It was opened with a speech of the Mayor of Marsaxlokk, Mr. Steven Grech, and the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Hon. Dr. Owen Bonnici. An introduction of the PERICLES Heritage project and the actions and events that were done and planned in Malta was presented by Dr. Machiel Lamers and Mr. Jordi Vegas, as representatives of Wageningen University and Research.
During the day, two working groups were divided in order to work on specific themes: 1) Reconnecting fisheries, seafood and culinary practices;
2) Enhancing the maritime heritage experience through diversification opportunities. The workshops were facilitated by Dr. Alicia Said (IFREMER, Brest ) and Mr. Kurt Mifsud (Mediterranean Culinary Academy), together with Dr. Machiel Lamers and Mr. Jordi Vegas. In the afternoon, a plenary discussion took place based on the results to further develop the topics and design ways to transfer to knowledge into actions.
The workshop was intended to provide a participatory and deliberative approach in addressing the current challenges on how to sustainably manage and use heritage in coastal areas. Its bottom-up approach aims to provide a space for discussion and networking, followed by working groups, expert committees and a roadmap to develop initiatives within the scope of the PERICLES project and beyond.

Scotland Marine Planning workshops Nov 2019

Deliberative valuation of the Clyde Marine Plan workshops in Paisley and Lochilpead Nov 2019

PERICLES partners in Scotland held 2 workshops in November 2019 to explore public perceptions of the Clyde Marine Plan. The aim of the workshops was to arrive at individual willingness to pay for each participant and a deliberated group fair price for the implementation of the Clyde Marine Plan based on the pre-consultation draft.

The workshops also included a mapping exercise so that participants could share places and heritage that they valued. 

Read the reports from Scotland/Ireland right here.

Community on Coastal Futures Feb 2020
  • Leenane Community Centre on 26th February 2020
  • The Snug Bar – An Crúiscín Lán on 25th February 2020

These workshops linked with work on CLIP (Coastal Landscapes & Inclusive Planning). In June 2018, the CLIP project investigated the nature of coastal change through two
community workshops in Spiddal and Leenane. The workshops were organised around a “participant-led interactive photo-elicitation” method, in which participants were asked to take photographs of places within their locality “which mean something to them”. During the workshop participants used their photos to highlight social, economic and environmental pressures they are faced with. Data from the workshops were then analysed and categorized into a series of six themes:
-Environmental change
-Government & governance
-Housing, ageing & migration
-Assets, privatisations & economic development
-Coastal tourism & the Wild Atlantic Way
-Cultural heritage & identity

West coast of Scotland stakeholder workshop, 29 May 2018

Engagement with 21 stakeholders through interviews and a follow-up workshop – read more here

Small Isles’ cultural heritage: risks and opportunities, Feb 2021

The objectives of the workshop were:
1. To explore the role of cultural heritage in plans for the future of the islands,
2. To assess risks and opportunities
3. To identify and prioritise actions that can be taken

Read more about this workshop here


Pericles project partners PNRGM and UBO held a stakeholder meeting in Locmariaquer, France  with 17 local citizens and regional authorities on November 19 2019.

The topic discussed was Maritime Heritage, Risks and management. The CulturalHeritage meeting was a great success as all participants decided they wanted to be interviewed for the PERICLES demo research in France.  The results from this meeting with be presented at the PERICLES first Stakeholder Meeting in Den Helder, the Netherlands April 2019.

To read the report from the workshops in France click here 

Video excerpt from the meeting of last 19 November which took place at Baden City Hall with representatives of the State, the Region and the Department of Cultural Heritage, Natural Heritage and Maritime Policy. Elected officials from 5 Park municipalities, including those included in the case studies were also present (Locmariaquer, Baden, Plougoumelen).
The person speaking in this extract is the Head of the Maritime Activities Department of the DDTM State Department (Departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea).
He says “A DDTM is a government department that must take operational decisions, either to obstruct projects that are carried out by project leaders, or to carry out control plans, or, once you have controlled and found something, to carry out procedures. And we do this under the law, … most of the time with partners …, including for the management of the public maritime domain. And what we lack, are elements of doctrine or elements shared with the territory and all partners on what we must protect or what we must condemn… To have an effective job, it better to share it before… And on the historical heritage, no internal doctrine specific to the State has been fixed. The fact that the reflection is collective seems rather better to us. We think better of several people than alone. And so, the work you have undertaken is of interest to us, including so that we can then more easily apply our operational decisions and that they are better understood, since they will have been shared upstream. »


The workshop organised by UBO and PRGM last October at Locmariaquer (Morbihan, France) brought together 21 persons mainly citizens and representatives of local associations working on CH. After the two short presentations, one giving the results of the interviews and the other presenting CACTUS tools participants were divided in three working groups on the following themes: 1/oyster farming cultural heritage, 2/coastal path as culture heritage, and 3/built maritime heritage. The objective of this discussion groups was to think about the future actions to enhance and manage maritime culture heritage elements in a sustainable way at municipality level. Some proposals were made as for example, create a thematic itinerary to promote oyster farming infrastructure and know-how with the participation of oyster farmers, creation of “house of nature” aiming to raise visitors’ awareness of the fragility of the coastal path.



PNRGM organised a workshop, bringing together the different administrations and territorial authorities acting in the field of Maritime Cultural Heritage, at Baden City Hall (Morbihan, France) last month. The aim of the meeting was to present the PERICLES project and initiate discussions with the different administrative services (representing the State at district level), territorial authorities (Region and five municipalities located within the park territory) and scientists. The main objective of the discussion was the definition of a common strategy for the enhancement of maritime heritage in the Gulf of Morbihan.


Workshop in Vilsund, Denmark 10th of September 2020, Hotel Vilsund Strand


In September 2020 the PERICLES project organised a Workshop in Vilsund together with the museums in Thy and on Mors along with unions in Vilsund.

The aim of the workshop was to share the unique knowledge on local cultural heritage that the locals possess. The report from the workshop can be read here.

Stakeholder day in Texel April 2019


OUR SEA, OUR HERITAGE is filmed during the Pericles first stakeholder knowledge exchange workshop held in April 2019 in Texel, Den Helder, The Netherlands. The rationale for the workshop was to share experiences of management of Coastal and Maritime Cultural Heritage (CMCH) in the case regions of the Pericles projects. In total, 10 invited guest stakeholders participated in the workshop along with project partners and two members of the PERICLES Science-Impact Advisory Committee.

To read the report from the workshop click here 


The University of Aveiro carried out a stakeholder workshop on the 24th September bringing toghether 18 stakeholders including scientists, decision makers, civic movements, heritage associations, to discuss threats and opportunities to Coastal and Maritime Cultural Heritage. Cristina Pita gave an interview to the regional radio talking about CMCH in the region and the workshop.

Cristina Pita gave an interview to the regional radio talking about CMCH in the region and the workshop. To hear the interview with Cristina Pita: (click on the “arrow” to listen).

To read more on the workshop (in Portuguese):

Workshops organised by the National Heritage Board along with local partners on the Islands of Kihnu and Ruhnu.


In October 2020 two workshops were organised by the National Heritage Board along with local partners on the Islands of Kihnu and Ruhnu. The aim of the workshops was work with local communities to identify their coastal and maritime cultural heritage and to add this to the Pericles Portal. The reports of each workshop can be read here.

Workshop on cultural heritage in coastal Europe CHERISH and PERICLES join forces

The Interreg Europe project “CHERISH: Creating opportunities for regional growth through promoting Cultural HERitage of fISHing communities in Europe is honored to have a workshop included at this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC). The EWRC is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

During this week, the Interreg Europe Program CHERISH organizes a digital workshop under the title: Cultural heritage in coastal Europe”, taking place on the 13th of October. The workshop aims to share experiences and policy improvements developed or discovered within the Interreg Europe project CHERISH. CHERISH’s scope is to create opportunities for regional growth through the promotion of cultural heritage of fishing communities. The workshop highlights the positive impact of heritage protection and promotion in regional policy instruments and the positive change at local and regional level: heritage can be a lever for the sustainable development of coastal communities.

The workshop Cultural heritage in coastal Europe aims at increasing awareness of the importance of cultural heritage for fishing communities, efficiently sharing good practices and policy change derived from territorial cooperation and, also, at inspiring the participants to take action in the field. Join our works and follow the EWRC seminar simply by registering in the following link:

Io CHATZIVARYTI, Mayor’s Advisor in EU Projects and local coordinator for CHERISH project.

Collaboration with the education sector


Pericles partners in Greece are working in collaboration with the education sector as part of the Environmental Awareness course that is part of the school curriculum. In this initiative, students and their teachers are trained and supported in using anthropological approaches to learning more about fishing cultural heritage. The supporting materials and first results can be found on the  website created to support this initiative

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