Fostering participation and dialogue using strategic environmental assessment
Examining the development of flexible, adaptable and participative strategic environmental assessment processes.
Project leader: Professor Berit Balfors
Participants: Juan Azcárate
Key words: deliberative democracy, collaborative communictive planning, strategic environmental assessment, participation, networks, decision making
Project period: 2010-2011
Various international conventions and several theories and approaches from the planning and environment fields of study have focused on enhancing the public’s access to information and its participation in strategic decision making. However, it seems that it is challenging to encourage a meaningful public participation in decision making processes, since it is difficult to engage civil society in strategic discussions, it is complex to institutionalise participative processes, and it is demanding to include traditionally marginalised groups in current debates on development. Despite this, it appears that deciding how participative approaches should be designed and when these approaches should be applied is of crucial importance to secure appropriate forums for dialogue.
To study these claims and foster participation and dialogue, a study was carried out to examine the development of flexible, adaptable and participative strategic environmental assessment processes.
Azcarate, J. 2011. Fostering Participation and Dialogue Using Strategic Environmental Assessment. TRITA-LWR LIC 2057. Licentiate Thesis in Land and Water Resources Engineering, KTH, Architecture and the Built Environment, Stockholm .