Develop a plan for stakeholder engagement.

A full under­stand­ing of a socio-eco­log­i­cal sys­tem requires con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers that may have unique per­spec­tives. Stake­hold­er engage­ment requires under­stand­ing the rel­e­vant sit­u­a­tion, intra-stake­hold­er dynam­ics, and socio-cul­tur­al norms. It can be help­ful to con­sid­er var­i­ous approach­es for engag­ing stake­hold­ers, keep­ing in mind that engage­ment should be trans­par­ent and inclu­sive, and par­tic­i­pa­tion should be voluntary.

Suc­cess­ful con­ser­va­tion out­comes require us to engage the many groups present in the com­mu­ni­ties where we work. Gen­der equi­ty has a real impact both on con­ser­va­tion suc­cess and on improv­ing the eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment and oth­er human well-being out­comes for com­mu­ni­ties, regions, and nations. Include obtain­ing dis­ag­gre­gat­ed gen­der data and stake­hold­er inter­ac­tions as you orga­nize your stake­hold­er engage­ment plan. The Nature Con­ser­van­cy’s Gen­der Equi­ty State­ment pro­vides some exam­ples of how you might do this. Also include ear­ly assess­ment about whether or not indige­nous peo­ples and/or their phys­i­cal cul­tur­al her­itage are part of pos­si­bly affect­ed com­mu­ni­ties. If so, include engag­ing them in your plan, with appro­pri­ate expert help.

A stake­hold­er engage­ment plan will iden­ti­fy how stake­hold­ers are involved at each stage of the con­ser­va­tion process. Engage­ment can range from con­sul­ta­tions at a few key points to full lead­er­ship of the con­ser­va­tion process.