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:

  • Identify key stakeholders and stakeholder groups with whom engagement is essential.
  • Assess stakeholder concerns, perceptions, and knowledge.
  • Communicate the questions that the Phase 2 study can address and its strengths and limitations, and communicate the results from the Phase 2 study in forms that are useful to different stakeholder groups.
  • Make the information used in the Phase 2 study publicly accessible to the extent possible.

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.

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