This section contains items that can be used to develop plans and techniques to engage stakeholders in the development of river basin management plans and other WFD related activities. It contains guidance documents for specific actions, such as citizen juries, and provides reports on specific projects designed to increase public participation across a range of sectors.
In addition, the following projects give access to a large number of reports on increasing public participation.
River Dialogue was an international research project (2003 –2004) aimed at identifying the best approaches to increase public participation in implementation of the WFD, including preparation and implementation of river basin management plans. Principally, it employed Focus Groups and Citizen’s Juries to increase awareness and empowerment. River basins in Sweden, Estonia and the Netherlands were being used as case studies.
A publication is available that disseminates experience of the project:
‘Focus Groups and Citizens’ Juries - River Dialogue Experiences in Enhancing Public Participation in Water Management.’ Edited by Kati Kangur, Tartu 2004.
The book provides practical recommendations on conducting citizens' juries and focus groups for public participation in the water management and can be downloaded from Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation website:
Harmonising Collaborative Planning (HarmoniCOP)
This project was designed to improve public participation in river basin management planning (RBMP). Fifteen partners from Belgium, France, Germany, UK, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland are involved in the project. The objective is to generate useful information about public participation in RBMP and will be supported by external advisers constituting a stakeholder forum. Representatives from NGOs, local government, policy makers, water industry and farming will be involved with the project as external advisers during its implementation.
The final HarmoniCOP handbook ‘Learning together to manage together – Improving participation in water management’ is now available from the following website:
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