Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement is a common thread through every stage of the process. As project manager you need to always be asking yourself:

  • Which stakeholders should I be talking to about this stage?
  • What is the best way to engage with the stakeholder?
  • How can they contribute to the success of the eradication?

Interacting with stakeholders can be broken down into three types of engagement:

  1. Consultation

    A two-way process where you include the stakeholders in the decision making and planning process. Stakeholders will provide information, opinions and ideas that will directly affect the direction of the project.

  2. Informing

    Informing stakeholders of decisions, progress and status of the project. This is more of a one-way communication; you are keeping stakeholders informed of project status and progress.

  3. Participation

    Direct contribution and involvement in the project. For example:

    • Members of the local community performing as part of the project team:
      In many eradication projects in the Pacific the local community play an active part in the project including the eradication operation, the monitoring, the surveillance and the incursion response. Community participation is the best means of ensuring local ownership and long term sustainability of the outcomes.
    • Visitors to the island conducting biosecurity prevention actions:
      People visiting islands are potentially the major pathway for invasive species invasions. If the eradication site is to be kept free of invasive species every visitor needs to be involved to ensure they are not carrying invasive species to the island. This requires a significant amount of public awareness work as part of the Biosecurity Plan, to train the public on what they need to do when visiting the island.
    • Funders contributing finances and resources.
    • Government departments granting consents.