Day 2 of the 2017 Greenport Congress kicked off with a very well presented and acted scenario of a public meeting discussing the pros and cons of a future development at a fictitious port. Speakers and delegates were given roles far from their usual official duties and participated with strong ‘for'' and ‘against'' arguments.
The session was led by Chris Wooldridge, of the University of Cardiff, who took on the role of a political Mayor, with Malte Siegert of NABU, and Charles Haine, Technical Director, Maritime Environmental, sustainability & climate risk solutions, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff,representing the commercial business sector.
Rosa Mari Darbra played a passionate and forceful role against the development, Ton van Breemen, Environmental Manager, Port of Amsterdam and Gun Rudeberg, Legal Counsel and Head of Environmental Affairs, Ports of Stockholm, played the part of the not-committal middle of the road representative, and Nicola Jenkins-Graham really showed off her acting skills as a passionate employer for development and the creation of jobs!
The outcome of this stimulating and fun interactive session was a greater awareness of how to engage with the community right from the very beginning, helping to form the vision, and informing subsequent decisions for the future of the Community and Port. All those present agreed that it was a novel and worthwhile exercise!
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