On the 27th and 28th of May the third Consortium meeting of the Interreg Atlantic Area project AGEO was held online. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemics, the programmed El Hierro Congress and in-person meeting had to be substituted by an online two days meeting, consisting of nine parallel sessions divided in three groups addressing three of the main themes of the project: Citizen Observatories, Citizen Engagement and, Copernicus Products and Services. A total of 52 people belonging to the 14 partners across 5 countries participated in the discussions held during the two-day event.
LPRC, along with the Portuguese Association of Geologists, led the session on Citizen Engagement. During this session, partners identified the main stakeholders for each of the five pilots in order to update and optimise the capitalisation and communication strategies of the project. New approaches to planned activities and meetings were discussed in the light of the new COVID-19 situation all over the world.
AGEO is a project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area and it aims to launch several pilots on citizen observatories to highlight how citizen involvement in risk prevention can strengthen regional and national management systems. The outcome of this specific initiative will be used to formulate recommendations for the creation of future permanent observatories in response to the wide range of hazards in the European Atlantic areas – floods, fires, earthquakes, among others.