Questions this practice may help answer
- What are important aspects and lessons learned of the Latvian national stakeholder consultation process?
- How can transnational stakeholder consultation be carried through?
Stakeholder consultation is an obligatory element in the MSP process.
Latvian national MSP consultation process
The figure below illustrates the elements of the national MSP consultation process.
A prominent role played the MSP working group, which is composed of relevant ministries and public bodies, planning regions and coastal municipalities, as well as non-governmental orgnaisaitons. The working group met five times throughout the MSP process.
A database of all stakeholders was maintained and a stakeholder analysis was done.
Stakeholders were informed on MSP and the developments within the MSP process through multiple instruments, including consultation events, a dedicated website, explanatory material published on that website, an animated film on MSP, etc.
Public consultations on the draft MSP and the SEA report were held at the same time, which helped that all aspects were considered in the discussion.
Latvian transboundary MSP consultation process
The figure below shows the transboundary consultation process in Latvian MSP.
Since 2009, Latvia has been engaged already in informal dialogue through projects (BaltSeaPlan, PartiSEApate, Baltic SCOPE) as well as the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group. Transboundary consultations within the MSP process started at an early stage. They were held with Estonia, Lithuania and Sweden being direct neighbours of Latvia.
The elements of stakeholder consultation can be transferred to other MSP processes.
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia
Ingūna Urtāne and Kristīne Kedo