From October 2022 – January 2023, the PREP4BLUE team undertook an analysis of citizen participation in marine and freshwater activities across Europe and its waters. The survey was translated into 11 languages and disseminated through research, advocacy, industry, and community networks around Europe.
The aims of the study were to examine the organisations and projects working on citizen engagement in the space, and to assess their needs in terms of resources and training. The results will be useful to those planning citizen-focused activities in marine and freshwater initiatives. The overall goal is to place citizen engagement at the core of marine and freshwater ecosystem restoration, pollution reduction, and making the blue economy carbon neutral and circular, in line with the EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030.