Task 4.2

Identification of stakeholder needs

This task will follow on from Task 4.1 and will involve a targeted programme of open dialogue consultations with the stakeholders identified in the “map”. A variety of engagement techniques will be designed for sector-specific consultations. Lesson learned from previous stakeholder consultations for other EU-funded projects such as “The Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic” will be taken into account during the planning phase to develop the most effective consultations that will identify particular stakeholder needs, knowledge or information gaps as well as potential new opportunities.

Co-operation and involvement of the EU-PolarNet research community (across all scientific disciplines including social scientists and early career scientists) are fundamental to the success of this task. We will work with all Work Package leaders to ensure active participation in consultation activities and to identify “stakeholder engagement champions”. A number of different engagement and consultation channels will be used. Evaluation of these consultations will be presented to all Work Packages as a report and guidance for future work. This report will contain also recommendations on how the science community can fulfil stakeholder needs.

The University of Oulu (UOULU), the task lead, is also one of the main authors of the “Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic" Report and is very experienced in stakeholder interactions. UOULU will be supported by the University of Groningen (RUG), the World Ocean Council (WOC); the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) and all Work Package 4 partners.

This task will focus on:

  • Online questionnaires.

  • Face-to-face community events, awareness-raising sessions, focus groups and local workshops (where possible within an existing calendar of events).

  • Stakeholder engagement awareness sessions at EU-PolarNet Town Hall events – first session will be to give the science community a wider introduction to the ambitions of the strategic framework and implementation plan.

  • Sector-specific workshops (where appropriate as a programme item or side event at major polar or stakeholder related events including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), Arctic Frontiers, Arctic Circle, European Maritime Day, European Petroleum Group meetings).

Work Package lead

Carlo Barbante
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR-DTA)
Venice, Italy
Tel:+39 0439 2348942
Email: barbante@unive.it

Task lead