Successful DESSIN conference in Barcelona
At the end of January, around 30 DESSIN partners met up for a Project Steering Board meeting in Barecelona, Spain, hosted by project partner Cetaqua.
The conference started with a SME peer exchange workshop to reflect jointly on the expectations and results of DESSIN at the start of its final year from an SME perspective. Discussed were the SMEs’ understanding of ESS relevance and how it evolved during the project. Building on this discussion, there was a peer exchange on using ESS valuation and other DESSIN results effectively in the SME/business context. This included an analysis of needs per SME and strategy sketch of putting DESSIN results to use post-project. Lastly, relevant EU Programmes for SMEs and other opportunities to collaborate were discussed.
The second day started with a plenary meeting where the progress of the different work areas and demo sites was presented and discussed. A special focus was lying on the finalized Ecosystem Services Valuation Framework and its practical application with the help of a software tool. Afterwards, cross-cutting issues and questions were discussed, a feedback from the project advisory board was received and an outlook on the final year of the project was given. In the evening the DESSIN members attended a conference dinner.
The last day of the meeting included a site visit to the drinking water treatment plant in Barcelona, which is run by Aigues de Barcelona, where one of DESSIN’s demo sites is located. The conference ended with a social lunch.
The project members are looking forward to a final successful year of the DESSIN project and will meet again in Brussels at the end of this year for their final conference.
Here are some impressions.