Participatory process design and implementation

Published: 31 January 2019
Last edited: 22 February 2019

The starting-point was the agreement on the methodological steps (see BB 1) for the pilot project, including the involvement of key stakeholders and capacity development needs and measures. The upcoming revision of the management plan was an ideal entry-point for the integration of EbA and the work plan the key instrument. It defines that EbA should be treated in thematic meetings with different stakeholder groups and a workshop, in a specific chapter of the management plan and as part of an EbA Action Programme. Training of the core team was then followed by the collection of climate-related data and information which fed into the sessions with communities and a workshop.


Education, training and other capacity development activities
Management planning
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Planning phase

Enabling factors

  • Agreements with and support from staff responsible for approval of management plans.
  • Clearly defined and broadly accepted work plan.

Lessons learned

  • The adaptation process should consider the ecosystem characteristics and the social and economic conditions within and beyond protected area boundaries. Therefore, a continuous and participatory process is needed, adressing the conservation priorities, climate and other risks as well as the needs and interest of stakeholders.  

  • The more participatory the process is being conducted, the more likely the EbA approach is to be integrated into the management plan of the protected area.
  • There is a need do identify and involve all departments and levels of hierarchy of the organizations responsible for the protected area in order to ensure the integration of EbA. In our case, the final review by the superiors resulted in delays and observation, as some of them had not been involved previously.
  • It is important to involve professionals with experience in EbA and protected area management planning. First of all, the project had to qualify  professionals and other stakeholders involved in the process in order to succeed with the integration of the EbA-approach into the management plan.

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