QUESTION SUBMITTED LIVE:
I definitely dont see opportunities to engage on coastal stuff as an individual with an interest in the coast and I am the converted!!There are only 2 coastal partnerships that cover a tiny proportion of the Welsh coast
Will taking a more holistic approach to environmental management by engaging and reflecting needs of communities and well being in conservation and adaptation decisionslead to the need for additional capacity and funding for projects?
Lets hope so! Collaborative approaches do take more time (and often effort) than the 'traditional' approach of proposal, comment, get it done, but they are more likely to be successful in achieving something properly worthwhile and appropriate (and sustainable in the long term).
Community and businesses that are important in ensuring we can get communities to engage with the coast will have been hard hit by Covid. How can we best support such groups coming out of the crisis?
For Emma, in your view what can we do to improve communication/information flow between academia and NGOs that run community engagement projects?
Are there useful tools that can support community engagement so that we start doing engagement differently.Any good guides?
@Emma - you mentioned a variety of methods that are used to engage with coastal communities. Would you advocate or recommend one particular method? Relevant perhaps, when small budgets sadly won't stretch to cover multiple activities.