Public participation to strengthen and legitimize planning processes

Public participation to strengthen and legitimize planning processes

By: Jon C. Day

Organisation: ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Location: Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Published: 21 July 2016

Photo: Community information sessions were held in centres along the coast. They enabled all interested to provide their views to planners in a more interactive way. © GBRMPA

Summary: This solution ensured the local communities were actively engaged throughout the most recent planning process for the GBR Marine Park. Going above and beyond what is normally required for public engagement in the legislation guaranteed high legitimacy for this planning process. It also provided detailed information for the park planners, and facilitated the engagement of many others (locally, nationally or internationally) which subsequently led to a better planning process overall.

To share the wealth of global knowledge on the  aspects of Integrated Ocean Management (IOM) with the 22 countries of the Abidjan Convention’s region, the Mami Wata project takes advantage of existing IOM solutions that have been successfully implemented already. The Blue Solutions presented here are part of and featured on the Marine and Coastal Solutions Portal on the PANORAMA platform. These solutions are being contributed by a broad range of providers from across the planet.