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Efficient collaboration in complex area planning processes

Stakeholder collaboration

Stakeholder collaboration is becoming increasingly important in the water sector. This strengthens the effectiveness of organisations and makes it possible to solve complex (area) planning challenges. To support water organisations in making the correct appraisal, KWR has developed a special framework which helps them define their strategic positioning. It presents several possible courses of action for various aspects of stakeholder management, allowing different stakeholders to reflect on the implications of the options for their organisations. This helps them shape their activities in this field.

Good appraisal needed

Collaboration between water sector stakeholders is needed for greater effectiveness: that is the view of a growing number of organisations. Moreover, a changing environment calls for a collaborative approach, rather than the tackling of complex (area) challenges on one’s own. The choice of the right form of collaboration requires a good appraisal of the options. The objectives, roles, ambitions and visions of different stakeholders have to be taken into consideration. The same applies to decisions on whether to broaden or perhaps narrow a collaboration. The question is how to bring about effective collaborations in area planning processes.

Determining strategic role

For their strategic positioning, KWR helps water organisations select effective forms of collaboration, including their own role. This takes into account the trends occurring in the external environment. We map out the interconnected issues, the players involved and their different interests. This enables water companies and waterboards to systematically examine their possible courses of action (proactive vs. reactive; sectoral vs. integrated), giving them a basis to decide how they want to participate in area planning processes.

Comprehending area planning processes

Although area planning processes are becoming more and more important in the water sector, there are still very few guides available to help organisations structure their actions. A framework developed by KWR offers a solution. It presents several possible courses of action for various aspects of stakeholder management, allowing different stakeholders to reflect on the implications of the options for their organisations. This helps them give shape to their activities in this field.

 

 

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