stakeholder engagement should be developed prior to the initiation of data gathering and analysis for these studies.
Stakeholder engagement is an essential element of any risk assessment process that addresses important public interests (see Chapter 5). Several approaches were used in this Phase 1 study to engage with stakeholders. The Phase 2 study can build on these Phase 1 efforts to achieve effective collaboration with local people and officials and increase social trust and confidence. To this end, the Phase 2 study should develop and execute an engagement plan that includes processes to:
It is important that the plan be developed prior to the initiation of data gathering and analysis to ensure early engagement with stakeholders in the Phase 2 study.