Comparative Report from the Respondents of Two Regional Studies: A report prepared as part of the MERiFIC Project "Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities"
Vantoch-Wood, Angus R.
Connor, Peter M.
University of Exeter
This report provides a final combined assessment of two nationally centred strands of research that has been undertaken within the marine energy policy stream of the MERiFIC project. This research consisted of a two stage stakeholder consultation carried out in both the regions central to the project: the South West region of England and Brittany in France. This document analyses and attempts to draw out conclusions for cross border learning in relation to the stakeholder questionnaire (task 4.2.2) and the follow up qualitative stakeholder workshops (task 4.2.3) which were carried out in 2012 and which have been reported on thoroughly at the project website and elsewhere. This document draws its conclusions primarily through comparative analysis of the output documentation for both deliverables, namely the synthesis reports on stakeholder consultation of marine renewable energy policy measures documents and the minutes of MERiFIC stakeholder workshop documents. Additionally, it draws upon the comparison of national policy frameworks for marine renewable energy within the United Kingdom and France that were prepared for each country and region before the stakeholder consultation was carried out. These are used to provide contextual backing for the findings within.
MERiFIC (Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities): The MERiFIC project seeks to advance the adoption of marine energy across the two regions of Cornwall and Finistère and the island communities of le Parc Naturel Marin d’Iroise and the Isles of Scilly. Project partners will work together to identify the specific opportunities and issues faced by peripheral and island communities in exploiting marine renewable energy resources with the aim of developing tool kits and resources for use by other similar communities. The project will develop and deliver joint activities between the two regions, looking at issues such as: Marine energy resource assessment/mapping; Policy issues and potential barriers to marine energy development; Business and commercial opportunities for island/mainland communities; Island/mainland interaction on appropriate infrastructure and Community and stakeholder engagement with key groups (e.g. fishing, wave farm developers, and investors).
Task D4.2.4 of WP4 from the EU MERiFIC Project