This document presents a list of stakeholder groups of the IMMERSE partner estuaries as well as groups of interest in partner and other North Sea Regions estuaries. An overview of relevant organizations including their main area of interests is provided and can be used for organizing a meeting or event. Due to data security rules no addresses can be shown, but they can be provided by the responsible authors of the document.
A first step in the stakeholder process, i.e. before integrating stakeholders in the measure development processes, a mapping of relevant stakeholders was undertaken if not yet available (IMMERSE Task 6.1). In IMMERSE the partners mapped stakeholders from project estuaries as well as from across the NSR. As a second step, an analysis and discussion of past experiences of stakeholder involvement should be undertaken to improve the stakeholder integration. This is done under IMMERSE task 6.2 for which the results are presented in this report.
Task 6.3 Analysis of public confidence in scientific results related to northern European estuaries
European estuaries often are heavily used and are at the same also important nature areas. Therefore, conflicts can arise between the different users. Scientific studies can mediate in these conflict situations by providing a factual basis for discussion. However, at the Elbe estuary scientific studies have themselves become the subject of ongoing controversy. What is the reason for the skepticism and mistrust in these scientific studies? Does it also occur at other estuaries, for example the Humber – or even globally? This study provides answers, as the authors investigated the background for existing mistrust of scientific results by conducting literature and media research, and carried out stakeholder interviews at the Elbe and Humber estuaries. The report presents results on the reasons of mistrust as well as several recommendations on how it may be overcome - for estuary managers but also for scientists.
Task 6.6 Develop a long term nature perspective for the Scheldt estuary with stakeholders
In the Scheldt estuary there is a very complex government situation, with sometimes strongly opposing stakeholder views. In this situation the governments that are collaborating within the Flemish Dutch Scheldt Committee face ecological goals that are very difficult to reach, especially when taking in account the long-term development of the estuary. Therefore, the Flemish Dutch Scheldt Committee wishes to develop a ‘perspective for nature on the long term’, which goes beyond the legal obligations within the N2000 framework. Such ‘perspective’ requires proper insight on the actual state of the estuary in such a way that there is agreement on the facts. The initiative was taken to make a joint analysis of the natural system of the estuary, with the most important stakeholders and experts.
Many governments and interest groups accepted the invitation. In 2017, as the first step, a plan of approach was accepted by all participants. This plan described the process of joint fact finding. During the spring of 2018 the system analysis started. During numerous sessions a common understanding of the natural state of the estuary was developed. This system analysis was finalized in the first months of 2019 and then presented to the Flemish Dutch Scheldt Committee. It describes the state and trends of the natural system, as well as possible explanations for these observations. The subject is the entire estuary in between the embankments, influenced by the tide, from the weir at Gent up until the imaginary line between Vlissingen and Breskens.
The document focuses on four themes:
- Hydrodynamics and morphology
- Water quality
- Flora and fauna
A summary document in English concisely describes the findings relevant for these four themes.