This resource was developed by Audubon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP), TogetherGreen, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), and many other colleagues, and is designed to better engage people to achieve more sustainable conservation results.
Why engage stakeholders?
Although there is no universally effective way to incorporate stakeholders, researchers and practitioners generally agree that stakeholder participation is a critical part of the planning process. Specifically, involving stakeholders in conservation decisions can accomplish the following:
- Produce better outcomes or decisions
- Develop public support for organizations and agencies, as well as their decisions and programs
- Uncover important local knowledge about natural resources and biodiversity threats
- Highlight social and cultural issues and context that will influence the success of your project
- Increase public understanding of conservation issues or management decisions
- Reduce or resolve conflicts between stakeholders
- Help successfully implement new programs or policies
- Improve buy-in for enforcing and upholding compliance standards
- Help organizations and agencies identify problems with existing strategies and how to resolve
- Create new relationships among stakeholders