Engage stakeholders & citizens
A successful nature-based solutions strategy is developed and implemented collaboratively with citizens and stakeholders. They can be involved in co-designing nature-based solutions on the ground, leading to the best design decisions based on data and technical, political and social opinion. They can also be engaged in decision making for strategy development. Involving a wide diversity of stakeholders in decisions helps to gain and maintain their trust. Mapping the relevant stakeholders and citizens groups and planning for their involvement is essential.
Example: Engaging citizens in Valencia.
Citizens in the neighbourhood of Benicalap, Valencia, have been directly involved in designing local nature-based solutions to manage water and heat stress. The winning ideas from a competition for citizens are on their way to be implemented, and everyone from school children to the elderly has had a say. Read more.
External guidance and resources:
EEA and Wageningen University
Biodiversa Stakeholder Engagement Handbook
Communication strategies for green infrastructure
Georgetown Climate Center
SUDS Photo Library
Communicating flood risks in a changing climate
Making the case for green infrastructure
UK Green Building Council
Citizen Engagement Handbook
Engaging UN-usual suspects