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Dialogue Matters and CMS – Coastal Management for Sustainability - one day training course

Location: SOAS, London
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2004-09-08    

Event Description:
There is a growing awareness that managing the environment needs integrated thinking and wide agreement between sectors. Increasingly stakeholder participation is seen as the way to achieve this. Participation goes way beyond just doing consultation well. Good practice means that people have not just been informed, or asked for their views, but had a genuine opportunity to influence the outcome and agree the best way forward. Good intent is not enough. Getting it wrong can result in stakeholders who are fed up with both you and your organisation.

But for many people involved in environmental management, it remains unclear what participation means in practice and how to go about it.

This one day training event will help. It will explain the drivers for participation, key concepts, and principles of good practice. It will also give you the opportunity to explore the benefits and challenges of stakeholder participation.

Contact email:

Event programme:
Event Programme

09.00 Registration and refreshments Joining exercise

09.30 Introduction and welcome Introduction to day
Session 1 What does participation mean to you?
Session 2 What is participation?
Effective ways of involving people

11.0 Refreshments
Session 3 Drivers: Policy, Research, Practice – Evidence
Session 4 What are the challenges – what goes wrong?
Session 5 Key concepts

12.30-1.15 Lunch
Session 6 Stakeholder dialogue
Examples of Good Practice
Session 7 Aspects of participation – discussion

3.00-3.15 Refreshments
Session 8 Critical issues when involving stakeholders
Session 9 Conclusions and key messages

4.30 Finish

Collaborators and organisers:
Trainers and Organisers
Diana Pound Diana set up dialogue matters in 2000. She has over 8 years experience in project managing, designing and facilitating stakeholder participation in ecological and environmental decisions. Her background is environmental science and landscape ecology. She innovated the use of stakeholder dialogue in the management of a designated site for English Nature - work that is considered by researchers to be an example of best practice. She has run stakeholder participation and training for a variety of clients including Local Authorities, The Countryside Agency, English Nature, Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and the EA. She is a regular contributor to European forums grappling with conflict management in sustainable management and has just been invited to become a member of the IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication.

Dr Bob Earll Bob set up CMS in 1993 and has wide range of experience spanning 30 years of project management covering a very wide range of policy, management and research issues in the environmental and conservation areas. CMS have become widely known in the aquatic environmental arena (freshwater, coastal and marine) for a very wide range of innovative meetings and conferences which bring multi-sectoral audiences together to consider the major issues of the day. He has extensive experience of training using interactive, experienced based techniques with a wide range of sectors including fisheries, nature conservation, the chemical industry, energy and ports. These techniques have been applied to a wide range of areas including developing shared visions and planning, information gathering, management planning and issue resolution.

Website url:

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 392.84 €

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP8 - Outreach

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by emblowchris on 2004-08-31 and approved by webmaster