Putting people first! Exploring how to improve public participation in planning: Case studies from Latvia and Estonia

Joanna Storie, Simon Bell

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Abstract

Landscape planning requires the incorporation of stakeholders into the process, but how this is done and how to engage stakeholders in a meaningful way needs careful consideration. Several questions need to be asked: who is engaged, at what stage and how? Despite the message over several years that meetings do not work, there is still a reliance on meetings to inform stakeholders, which rarely engages the people most affected by the plans. When stakeholders do not attend it is often assumed that people do not care about their environment. Understanding stakeholders’ decision-making - both the rational and irrational processes - will help planners to engage better with communities. Additionally, using artists and storytellers to help to articulate people’s desires and thoughts regarding their environment has the potential to open communication channels between stakeholders and planners leading to greater legitimacy and relevance of landscape planning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging the Gap. ECLAS Conference 2016, Rapperswil, Switzerland. Conference Proceedings
EditorsPaul Bauer, Marcel Collender, Michael Jakob, Lea Ketterer Bonnelame, Peter Petschek, Dominik Siegrist, Christian Tschumi
Pages371-373
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783952397299
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameSeries of the Institute for Landscape and Open Space
PublisherHSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil,
Volume14
ISSN (Electronic)1662-5684

Keywords

  • Public participation in planning, Decision-making, Facilitation and dialogue, Understanding community dynamics

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