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Friday 16 January 2009

Turning Laganas Bay into a national park

How can communication help to generate support for the idea of a national park? This is my feedback on a communication plan written by a student from Greece.
Good: You describe the need for participatory planning as a condition for the successful establishment of a PA. You describe the core of the process as face to face interactions between people. In this description you prove that you have internalised most of the theory and practical tips of the two CEPA toolkits. You see this as a process for which more meetings are needed, that build on each other.
To improve: A next time you should realize that participatory planning also implies that the PA initiators from the start should be willing to make trade offs, and also change their own previous perceptions, opinions and ideas, where appropriate. There should be decision moments in the planning that reflect this. The planning further seems a bit too optimistic. These processes take much more time. Same for the budget: the travel costs of participants and catering costs for meetings seem rather low.

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