The fourth session of WAT-E1010 course takes place on Tuesday 4.10, with a focus on stakeholders.
Building on the previous week's session on governance, we will first discuss what stakeholders in water and environmental fields generally are and how we can group and categorise different stakeholders.
After, we will get to know differences in the views of different stakeholder groups through a Role Playing Game done in groups and focused on Elbe River and its management (see powerpoint below).
The role playing roles for the six 3courses groups are:
1) UniElbe (key theme: floods)
Public university carrying out objective research on Elbe’s river system and floods. Possesses plenty of good, scientific information; frustrated on other stakeholders’ emotional/subjective views as well as their selective use of existing information.
2) ChemCorp (infrastructure)
Economically important, multinational corporation that has its main chemical factory along Elbe; wants to ensure fluent navigation and access to use water for its processes
3) EnvAuthority (sediments and water quality)
Local governance agency based in Hamburg, responsible for ensuring that official regulations related to water quality in Elbe downstream are followed. Under-resourced but enthusiastic.
4) FarmersUnion (agriculture)
Strong and powerful lobby group, opposing strongly any restrictions on farming (e.g. water quality indicators); promoting voluntary actions on environmental protection.
5) SaveElbeFish (ecology)
Small but vocal environmental NGO protecting fiercely Elbe’s natural ecosystems and fisheries. Uses social and other media wisely and has gained broad public support.
6) ElbeSecretariat (EU Water Framework Directive)
Coordinating the management of Elbe River Basin. Actions build on rules & regulation and formal administrative structures, beginning to find ways for stakeholder consultation.