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2.3.11 Examples of possible stakeholder involvement programs

Some examples of possible stakeholder involvement programmes may be defined as outlined below, illustrating a typical mix of scope, stakeholders, tools and techniques. It has to be stipulated, however, that every situation is different and the history, local situation and wider context will affect the appropriate scale and scope of involvement. In addition, the programmes mentioned do not list all activities required.

  • In all cases:
    • Check for factors that might indicate that additional measures are appropriate.
    • Anticipate, support and comply with regulatory requirements for notification, provision of information and consultation.
  • A ‘routine’ operational local contamination or clean-up issue with no impact on the community and unlikely to cause concern:
    • In many cases, it will be sufficient to notify the local community liaison group at the next routine meeting.
  • A contamination or clean-up issue with the potential to generate significant local interest and debate:
    • Contact the local liaison group as soon as practicable and look for their advice on the appropriate level and scope of stakeholder input.
    • Invite the key local stakeholders (including local authorities) to provide input on issues to be taken into account and potential options.
    • Keep the local community and the local stakeholders informed.
    • Consider external input into option selection.
    • Consider event or other means of providing the public with information.
    • Invite the local stakeholders to provide input on implementation issues.
    • Make arrangements for on-going feedback of monitoring results.
  • A contamination or clean-up issue with strategic significance, likely to involve stakeholders at the national level:
    • Contact the local liaison group as soon as practicable and look for advice on the appropriate level and scope of stakeholder input.
    • Plan and make resources available for a significant stakeholder programme, co-ordinated with other consultations as necessary.
    • Develop stakeholder, communication and (if required) training programmes. Make backgrounds and project specific information available (typically through web site and links).
    • Initiate a ‘front end’ stakeholder programme to explore issues, perspectives, strategic implications and options with local and national level stakeholders. Pass on to third parties as appropriate.
    • Integrate external stakeholder input explicitly into option selection.
    • Initiate a stakeholder programme to review option selection and implementation issues.
    • Make arrangements for on-going feedback of monitoring results.