Phase 1: Scope, Map and Share

In the first phase of the roadmap, we propose a seven step plan to start engaging stakeholders in collaborative management, build a common culture and select jointly relevant environmental issues.

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All the steps are underlined by three defining actions


Scope the actors need and identify the team who will run the assessment and their legitimacy. This avoids the risk of ambiguities and is essential for the process to succeed.


Map the issue (in terms of territory, stakeholders, governance…) using a “system thinking” approach. It will clarify the interactions between the social, economical and ecological components and the relevant level of complexity to be addressed.


Share with stakeholders to develop a common culture. It will verify that the different points of views and perceptions are sufficiently taken into account to make the assessment relevant and start the co-construction of the environmental strategy diagnosis.

« Through the workshops, I understood better all the points of view of the issue »

A manager

From the start of the process to a common culture workshop

Step 1 > Form the project core team

In answer to an environmental issue, the starting point is to identify a project core team. This team can be composed of a single stakeholder, but a more efficient combination is a partnership between managers or regulators and scientists.

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Step 2 > Identify environmental issues

A first identification by the core team of the environmental issues to be adressed. ‘Quick and dirty’ but relevant, this stage should offer a first scope in terms of issues, stakeholders to be engaged, geographical territory, time limits,… and will be refined in further stages of the process.

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Step 3 > Grasp the socio-ecological system

Representing under different conceptual or cognitive maps the social-ecological system will foster system thinking.

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Step 4 > Identify the stakeholder forum

The stakeholder forum should consist of all actors with an interest in the environmental issues identified and should involve scientist from natural and social sciences.

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Step 5 > Gather expert knowledge

At this stage, the project team starts gathering expert knowledge and initiates interactions with relevant stakeholders.

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Step 6 > Build a common culture

Different common culture activities can be considered such as stakeholder common culture workshop, focus group meetings, or putting together a glossary…

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