Due to COVID-19 CCAT held another bi-annual meeting online over 3 mornings on 9th, 10th and 11th March 2021. We started each morning with a fun, interactive game to get everyone’s competitive spirit going. On day one we had the opportunity to present our progress to the advisory group and get their feedback. We also held a workshop to look at opportunities to follow up on the success of our Exchanging Knowledge and Best Practice Across Borders event which was held in Nov. 2020.
On day two we had presentations from the team about two participatory mapping projects in Wales. The first project was a partnership with Natural Resources Wales mapping the impacts of climate change on an area on the Pembrokeshire Coast and the other project was in the Port of Milford Haven mapping heritage features in Pembroke Dock. As part of our work in virtual and augmented reality the team took a virtual tour of one of our case study area and attended a virtual reality meeting.
We had invited some guest speakers to attend our event and heard from Prof. Brian Orland about Augmented reality, story-telling, and coastal climate change issues as well asPaul O’Raw who spoke about Community engagement in local planning in Asdee, North Kerry, Deborah Tiernan, Biodiversity Officer from Fingal County Council talking about Biodiversity and community engagement and finally Kevin HalpennySenior Parks Superintendent, Fingal County Council who spoke about the Evolution of the Fingal Coastal Liaison Group.
On our final day we had a series of guest speakers who spoke about different funding opportunities for organisations in Ireland and Wales. As our next meeting in Oct. 2021 will be our last we are starting to plan for the future after CCAT.