During a spatial or permit procedure, it is important to properly inform and involve the various stakeholders. To identity these stakeholders, Wind Minds provides an stakeholder analysis. A stakeholder analysis is an overview of the main parties and persons (stakeholders) and their interests and roles in the wind energy project. There are various instruments available for a stakeholder analysis, ranging from a simple spreadsheet to a more comprehensive analysis using the RASCI model, for instance. RASCI is an acronym for:
- Responsible, i.e. the core: Who is responsible for the implementation?
- Accountable, i.e. the party bearing ultimate responsibility: Who adresses the implementers about their responsibility?
- Supportive, i.e. offering support: Who can offer support/resistance and as such determine the chances of success of a project?
- Consult, i.e. consulting: Who has to be consulted, who has valuable information?
- Inform, i.e. informing: Who needs to be informed in order to guarantee support?
After the stakeholders are identified, the must be properly informed and involved. Formal and informal moments and means are available for this. We are convinced that in particular the process of environmental impact assessment in combination with a number of specific products are ideal to improve communication with local parties. Examples are:
- Organising information evenings: with presentations and/or an explanation of the project, the procedure, the environemental impact assessment and substantive subjects such as acoustics;
- Banners and leaflets: with an explanation of wind energy, the project, the procedure, the environmental impact assessment and substantive subjects such as shadow flicker.;
- Maps that geographicly show the main characteristics of the surrounding area and impact of wind turbines;
- An overvieuw and answers about perspectives