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March 12, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy encourages bottom-up, community led development.

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy encourages bottom-up, community led development reflecting the Waterways Forward project approach.  In his opening address at the Urban Forum –  Brussels, 16 February 2012 he said,

By encouraging bottom-up, community-led local development…… representatives from across a community form local action groups that can then create their own strategy on how to best develop its local area. By bringing together private sector stakeholders and local government with civil society, we think we can kick-start improvements in places where other types of policy-making have failed, particularly in deprived urban areas. ” 

To guarantee a bottom-up approach the Waterways Forward project has encouraged involvement of multi-stakeholders at all phases of the project’s implementation, each partner discusses  the project’s intermediate findings in regional strategic platforms which are organised by the partners, adapted to their local culture and organisation (composed of nation and regional stakeholders, public authorities , water boards, land owners, tourists, water users and nature organisations etc. 

One example of this multi stakeholder approach is the development of the River Suir Action Plan in South Tipperary which was kicked-off by a seminar event – a follow up to requests from local people during the Suir River Cafe –part of the  Clonmel Junction Festival and community workshops in Ardfinnan, Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir undertaken by Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University and local artist Lynne Mather on behalf of South Tipperary County Council and the Heritage Council.  The River Suir Seminar was an opportunity to share river information, to hear about all the projects that are underway and to encourage local people to become involved and develop an action plan for the River Suir

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  1. Claudio Repossi / Mar 13 2012 9:18 am

    this is a fundamental aspect for a large part of WF partners… stakeholders involvment can guarantee a participative approach to actions and better results

  2. waterways forward / Mar 13 2012 1:25 pm

    It is important that the project and partners demonstrate to the EU commission and Interreg secretariat that we are communicating and disseminating the project outputs with all sections of the community…all ages, all social backgrounds etc. Showing that the funding is being well spent and targeted at issues that have relevance to future policy development.

  3. Claudio Repossi / Mar 13 2012 1:51 pm

    something related to stakeholders involvement…
    http://www.smartcitiesineurope.com/2011/11/the-right-stakeholders/

    this is a central topic for many projects

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