Communicating results

 
 
A key part of the MESH Project was the effective dissemination of the project's results to users beyond the project partners. A communication strategy was developed to ensure these results were provided in a suitable format with the content at an appropriate level of technical detail to relevant stakeholders, from both the habitat mapping practitioner community and the end-user community (managers, planners, policy makers). It was the responsibility of all Partners to communicate and disseminate with stakeholders in their country and within their areas of responsibility. JNCC led this work in the UK, and have led responsibility for the overall delivery of a communications and dissemination plan.
Newsletters
 
 
A communications strategy was necessary to:
 
                       Gain feedback on user requirements
                       Encourage input of data and information
                       Comment on project products
                       Gain greater use of habitat maps
                       Help build network of data suppliers and users
                       Make relevant links to other initiatives
 
The MESH Project held an international conference in Dublin Castle, Dublin on 14-15 March 2007 to present its results of to the wider marine management community.  The programme, presentations and proceedings are available through the website.
 
All the outputs from the MESH project are available through the MESH website.
 
 
MESH Newsletters
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Stakeholder database

The development of a stakeholder contacts database will include both habitat mapping practitioners (i.e. those generating the habitat information), spatial and environmental managers and policy makers (i.e. those needing the information). It is essential to build such a set of contacts to allow rapid and cost-effective communication with the relevant sectors at each stage of the project.
 

Stakeholder workshops

At an early stage in the project, each Member State will organise and host a national workshop (or other suitable forum) on the use and need for habitat maps in spatial planning and environmental management (see use of map). The workshop will bring together those involved in habitat/marine resource mapping and those responsible for spatial planning and environmental management.
 

Technical workshops and peer review

Also early in the project, technical workshops will bring together mapping experts from across Europe to assess the current state of mapping protocols and standards, help capture best practice, and give direction and priority to some aspects of the projects work. As the protocols and standards are drafted, the expert network will be used for peer review of the work, ensuring wide ownership and acceptance of the project's products.
 

Promotion at conferences, including a final International Project Conference

Promotion of the project at relevant conferences and meetings will enable particular aspects of the project to be targeted to specific sectors (technical, end-user, managers and policy makers). The final project conference will provide a forum to promote the overall achievements of the project, demonstrating the benefits of trans-national partnership and sharing of expertise.
 

Newsletters

These provide a means of reaching a wide audience with summary information, keeping those less closely involved with the project up to date with latest developments.
 

Project website

As well as providing public access to all project reports and newsletters, the website will be an important tool to act as a forum for promotion of the project, and a delivery mechanism for the seabed maps and protocols developed. The wide availability of maps and protocols is essential to help bring about the improvements to spatial planning and management which underpin the aims of this project.
 

Outputs and Products

The key products from Action 6 are:
 
 
Additional outputs are available in the Product Library.