Cross Channel Forums – outputs from discussions and workshops

Three PEGASEAS Cross Channel Forums were held following on from the successful
format developed by the CAMIS project. These meetings were open to all
interested individuals and advertised widely throughout the coastal community.

The first forum, held in Southampton in April 2014, focussed on explaining the
PEGASEAS project to the audience and sharing knowledge about existing and
forthcoming marine and coastal governance frameworks relevant to the Channel.
The format was based around workshops and discussions which provided much of
the information required for the analytical stage of the project.

The second PEGASEAS forum, held in Caen in July 2014, was entitled ‘Science
and Governance of the Channel Marine Ecosystem’ and focussed on linking
the scientific community to policy makers and marine managers to enable
better informed decision making. It also launched the document ‘Towards
Better Governance of the Channel Ecosystem’ and the associated PowerPoint
presentations. The programme included 17 scientific presentations addressing
current research in the Channel and six workshops which focused on the main
conclusions of the thematic reports to gather stakeholders’ opinions regarding
mechanisms to improve the sustainable marine governance of the Channel. The
proceedings of the conference can be found at the link below.

Cross-Channel Forum Proceedings


Outputs from the final PEGASEAS Cross Channel Forum November 2014


The 3rd Cross Channel Forum was entitled: ‘Future challenges for effective governance of the Channel’ and brought the PEGASEAS project to an end. It was held on the 13th and 14th November 2014 at the Stade Oceane, in Le Havre, France and attracted delegates from a wide range of marine organisations with a variety of interests in the English Channel. The Forum provided delegates with the opportunity to learn about how the PEGASEAS project has worked to promote the effective governance of the Channel ecosystem. On the first day representatives from a range of sectors on both sides of the Channel were invited to speak about their experiences with Channel governance, considering particular European policies including the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Common Fisheries Policy and Marine Spatial Planning. 

The second day of the Forum gave delegates the opportunity to learn more about the forthcoming INTERREG VA 2014 – 2020 programme and its main priorities and principles. In addition, the views of the public from both sides of the Channel about the priorities for the future governance of the Channel’s marine and coastal environment were also presented. 

This led to wide ranging discussions and proposals for future Cross Channel working.


  1.  The Forum Programme
  2. INTERREG IVA programme by Barbara Leplivier
  3. The PEGASEAS project   by Steve Fletcher
  4. Towards Better Governance of the Channel Ecosystem by Laetitia Petit
  5. Promoting PEGASEAS outcomes public and practitioners engagement by Agnès Gault-Pouliquen
  6. Pathway to effective governance of the English Channel by Jennifer Skinner & Denis Bailly
  7. MSFD panel session.Organisation PAMM MMN by Claire Daguze
  8. MSFD panel session.Celtic Seas Partnership by Natasha Barker Bradshaw
  9. CFP panel session.GIFS project by Tim Acott
  10. CFP panel session. Lower-Normandy Regional Fisheries Committee by Béatrice Harmel
  11. MSP panel session. PANACHE project by Sian Rees
  12. The forthcoming INTERREG VA programme by Julie Becel
  13. Public priorities for future Channel Governance by Angela Carpenter
  14. Management of INTERREG IV and future INTERREG V projects by Deborah Loughran
  15. Workshop session. Green and Blue Growth by Angela Carpenter
  16. Workshop session.Natural and cultural heritage by Rebecca Shellock
  17. Workshop session. Ecosystem Services Approach by Steve Fletcher