While implementing the SAF it is crucial to know about the policy issues of relevance as well as about the institutions and categories of stakeholders concerned in the coastal zone. Stakeholder-issue mapping can be used for getting this information.
The mapping process will help you to prepare collaborative approaches in Integrated Coastal Zone Management and nourish your reflection during the Issue Identification Step. The stakeholder-issue mapping users’ manual provides guidelines on how “maps” of stakeholders and issues within a coastal context can be produced in order to identify:
• The relevant stakeholders and the role they play in coastal governance;
• The important policy issues to the different stakeholders and to ICZM;
• The relationships between and among stakeholders as well as stakeholder relationships to the identified issues.
These maps are built by learning from stakeholders either through individual interviews or during focus groups. A first draft of the maps can also be produced from a desktop study and later improved by stakeholders’ feedback.
In the users’ guide, the mapping methodology is illustrated by examples from case studies and lessons learned while implementing them.
Learn more on stakeholder-issue mapping here .