Risk communication through Stakeholder hearings

In most countries, regulatory agencies require that the stakeholder opinion is considered in any large-scale project, especially if the stakeholders are likely to be affected in any way.  Stakeholder opinions can be gathered through hearings during which time information can be shared and positions on the issues are better understood both from the stakeholder's point of view and that of the project organization.

Hearings should be seen as a means of gathering information not resolving conflict.  Often hearings can lead to heated debates so do not expect to end the hearing with solutions.



Adapted from OECD Guidance Document on Risk Communication for Chemical Risk Management

Source: Hatfield Consultants
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