Participatory stakeholders workshops gather different kinds of participants, in terms of background, occupation, interests, age… The objective is to collect opinions, ideas, suggestions and local knowledge that can inform decision-making in relation to a project, programme or strategy. Participants will therefore naturally be stakeholders of this decision-making process (i.e. the decisions that are taken will have an impact on their daily life, economic activity, environment etc.). The added-value of these workshops for decision makers is first that they can generate a sense of ownership. When stakeholders are listened and their inputs are taken into account, they will consider the output as “their own”; this means that they will be more prompt to contribute to its success. Additionally, knowlegde about local conditions and local people’s perspectives, needs and priorities makes policies more robust and sustainable in the long run.
The first participative workshop on sustainable urban development in Zhejiang Hangzhou’s Future Sci-Tech City took place on March 26th 2016 and it was organised as part of the MEDIUM project.
Participants in the first MEDIUM stakeholder workshop produced an assessment of the current situation of Zhejiang Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City and formulated key objectives. These results are synthesised in the attached note.
On the 16th June we will run a second stakeholder workshop. This will be an opportunity to involve other stakeholders, representing companies, communities, local NGOs, local authorities, etc. They will be invited to reflect on results from the first workshop and build smarter objectives and actions on this basis.
Therefore, the objectives of this ‘follow-up workshop’ can be summarized as follows:
– In the first workshop, we invited each participant to approach sustainable urban development from his or her own perspective. In this second one we check whether the synthesis of their inputs amounted to a balanced description of sustainable development issues.
– The first workshop formulated objectives in the fields of public transportation, landscape design, pollution and public participation. We will now work on these issues formulating more precise objectives, relating them to current policies and existing relations between public and private actors. What needs to be changed to improve sustainable development perspectives?
– Finally, we will reflect on participative methods in general, to see wether they can be useful to promote more participation in the development of Zhejiang Hangzhou’s Sci Tech City and if yes, how this should be organised and which organisations need to be actively involved for this to be meaningful.
Save the date: 16th June 2016, at Hangzhou Normal University, Shuyuan 23, room 316, from 3 to 6 pm. After the workshop we will be happy if you could join us for a simple dinner together to and go on exchanging ideas on how to improve our place of living and work!
Contact us if you want to join the workshop at: firstname.lastname@example.org or if have any questions or queries.