The Shellfish Centre will collaborate with Bangor University’s Sustainability Lab in the context of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) 2015 Act.
The one Sustainable Development Principle is our overarching guide:
We must act in a manner which seeks to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
To achieve this the Shellfish Centre will be adopting five ways of working, to help us work together better, avoid repeating past mistakes and tackle some of the challenges we are facing:
- Long-term thinking: We will consider the importance to the Shellfish Centre operation of balancing short-term needs with the needs to safeguard the ability to meet long term needs. The Shellfish Centre will demonstrate that it contributes to the long term aspirations of Bangor University in the first instance, to the regional aspirations of the North Wales Ambition Board, the Welsh Government/WEFO aspirations regarding the Grand Challenges and the global bigger picture.
- Prevention is better than cure: The Shellfish Centre team will consistently ask, in the development of research projects, how its proposed plans are actions that will prevent problems from occurring or getting worse. Or the positive opposite – how the specific, funded actions taken by the Shellfish Centre will enhance the research capacity of the University and help Wales grow its share of the shellfish market.
- Integration: We will be asking how Shellfish Centre’s objectives impact on other low carbon, energy and environment initiatives, those addressing climate change and resource efficiency and other food and farming activities to provide regional opportunities in Wales and beyond. We will consider how all of these impact on the University’s strategic plans and how do they impact on the well-being goals (from a University, Wales and global perspective).
- Collaboration: We will consider how the Shellfish Centre can demonstrate true collaboration i.e. that everyone involved, within the Shellfish Centre, within the wider University, within the Welsh/UK/global coastal and marine environment work together to develop and achieve synergistic goals. The Shellfish Centre is an initiative that brings the different parties from the together in order to jointly produce a mutually valued outcome – a thriving Shellfish Centre for the region.
- Involvement: – involving those who have an interest in achieving this, in the context of the well-being ways of working and goals and making sure that the opportunities to get involved are open and inclusive and reflect every aspect of human diversity.