D4.1 Local STK mapping report

Work Package 4, led by Prospex Institute, aims to implement tailor-made participatory processes for all levels of engagement, for example, internal, local and European, with the aim of facilitating VARCITIES co-design solutions, keeping in mind the digital nature of some of the VARCITIES products.

Specifically, within WP4, Task 4.1 was devoted to the stakeholder mapping process to identify key local players at each of the VARCTIES pilot cities. These include the users of the project solutions, as well as other stakeholders. The initial local stakeholder databases were completed by the pilots in April 2021 and the Deliverable “Local STK mapping report” completed in June 2021.

Key messages

  • The deliverable reports on the importance of diversity in a strategic co-creation process and the value of the Prospex-CQI methodology for its implementation in the urban developments promoted by VARCITIES
  • Employing a structured approach allows us to identify diverse voices in each locality, taking into account existing social and cultural structures, which creates a solid stakeholder base for this, and any similar NbS project in the future  
  • By implementing our stakeholder mapping process, we seek to also engage the “unheard” voices, to foster a common vision in a local community, and create long-lasting synergies between local decision-makers, professionals, and end-users as stakeholders

Executive Summary

VARCITIES is a highly ambitious and innovative project aiming to establish sustainable models for increasing the health and well-being of citizens exposed to different climatic conditions and challenges, through the implementation of visionary nature-based solutions.

This Local Stakeholder Mapping Report is a Deliverable (D4.1) part of Work Package 4 on stakeholder engagement and co-creation, which is dedicated to the design and implementation of customized participatory processes for all levels of engagement, with the aim of facilitating VARCITIES co-design solutions.

The report describes the process and results of the stakeholder mapping exercises conducted with the guidance of PI, at two different levels: (1) the high-level stakeholder mapping supporting the project’s dissemination and communication strategy and (2) the stakeholder mapping for each of the eight pilot sites facilitating the engagement of relevant stakeholders in the co-creation activities, throughout the project.

Based on the well-established Prospex-CQI methodology [1], the stakeholder mapping focused, at this stage, on developing sound and comprehensible criteria (C) which can be applied across all the pilots, as well as individual adjustments for each of the eight case studies.

The main stakeholder categories identified as relevant for all the pilots, as well as for the project’s dissemination and communication strategy are the following:

  • health and well-being,
  • nature-based solutions and environment,
  • end-users and consumers,
  • social development,
  • education, research and communication,
  • government,
  • economy.

These categories are detailed further below in the Deliverable.

Following an iterative process, each of the stakeholder databases was successfully completed, ready to be used in the co-creation activities, as well as for the dissemination and communication tasks.

This is a confidential deliverable, as such the full deliverable is not available to the public.

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