Objectives and Benefits of Stakeholder Participation

The participation of different stakeholders, particularly people who are affected by the implementation or non-implementation of flood management measures, should be seen as a vital part of the process and not as an external burden.

The objectives and benefits of stakeholder participation in IFM are to:

  • Provide all stakeholders with full opportunities to share their views, needs and knowledge on flood management
  • Build consensus and harmonize the objectives of individual groups to reach common societal goals

  • Provide all stakeholders and the public with appropriate information so that they can understand the process, the issues and the involved trade-offs
  • Enable participants to influence the outcome by including them to the extent possible in the process of flood risk assessment as well as in the processes of shaping, developing, identifying and implementing flood management strategies 
  • Enhance understanding between stakeholder groups, thus reducing potential conflicts and promoting effective cooperation
  • Build stakeholders commitment and a feeling of ownership
  • Ensure implementation of basin flood management plans with public support
  • Ensure sustainability of plans and associated decisions
  • Build resilience of flood-prone communities
  • Bring autonomy and flexibility in decision-making and implementation

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