A rundown of the MARCO 1st Stakeholder Workshop in 2017

The 1st MARCO Stakeholder workshop was organized in Milan (Italy) on 31st October 2017, back-to-back with the Climate-KIC Innovation Summit. The event aimed at sharing preliminary results and consulting stakeholders on open issues related to climate services.

The workshop consisted of 3 major elements:

  • The first element introduced the relevant EU-H2020 projects (MARCO and EU-MACS) and presented the concept of a Climate Services observatory to ensure a common understanding.
  • Three sectoral case studies – Real estate, Agriculture & Forestry and Tourism – on the potential use and integration of climate services in early decision processes were then showcased.
  • Finally, a brainstorming exercise on characterising the need of a climate services observatory for three different types of stakeholders was finally organised.

The market for climate services is a complex environment where many of the potential drivers and barriers dwell in segments which are outside the ‘climate service’ area. The MARCO project offers to provide a deeper, detailed and contrasted understanding of the different segments involved and how they can contribute together to maximising the benefit from climate services. It is not trying to provide ‘the’ definitive definition of each of those segments, but more focusing on the growth dynamics and their drivers. An overarching objective of the day was therefore to familiarise stakeholders with the concept and concrete possibilities of a market observatory for climate services. Speakers as well as the audience were invited to engage very actively and openly and help enrich MARCO’s vision and understanding of what the observatory could/should offer, with what priorities, and how stakeholders could contribute to its future development and continued relevance.

The discussions led to a stronger belief that a climate services observatory could be very a relevant instrument to inform and support the growth of the market (commercial and non-commercial) for climate services. Such an observatory could serve multiple communities: providers, purveyors, users (both current and potential) of climate services, public and private funders / investors, regulators, other EU / national / subnational and local authorities, but also upstream (climate information, physical, socio-economical…) and downstream (end users) entities. The 2nd (and final) stakeholder workshop to be expected in September 2018 will aim at strengthening this analysis with a broader panel of sectors.

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