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Work Packages /_European Background

The evaluation of different national approaches and experiences in public participation

  • provided an overview of PP practices (aim, process, methods) in the different countries and, where possible, their effects;

  • explored the influence of institutional, legal, cultural, geographical/physical factors and

  • evaluated (national) learned lessons and developed practical criteria for evaluating participatory RBMP.


Besides the European context international experiences were considered. A specific focus was on

  • the analysis of current scales of administrative and political boundaries important for decision making processes in water resources management and how they matched with the target of choosing the river basin as principal scale for developing integrated management plans and

  • the development of research questions to be addressed in the work package "Case studies".


For each country involved descriptive national reports were developed. Nine reports on "national experiences with participatory planning processes" discussed the national PP experiences and traditions and the influence of institutional, legal, cultural and geographical/physical differences.

To provide the essentials in a shorter form an analysis and synthesis report "Overview of participatory planning processes in Europe" was additionally elaborated.

The national approaches and experiences were co-ordinated by ICIS Maastricht.