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									  Best Practice Guidelines:
Consultation for Offshore Wind
    Energy Developments

   Russell Marsh, WWF-UK
             Why Consult

• Onshore developments experienced
  strong opposition
• Offshore wind is a new industry - full
  impacts unknown
• Formal consents process less developed
  than for onshore wind
• Early, effective consultation with all
  interested parties important
           The Guidelines

• Initiated by the BWEA - web based
  process run by ‘Dialogue by Design’
• Used consensus building process
• Final product supported by large number
  of organisations including WWF
            The Guidelines

• Outline the importance of effective
  consultation for offshore wind
• Present a number of tools to help
  ‘design’ the process:
  – Who are the stakeholders
  – Consultation process
  – Techniques
      Effective Consultation

 ‘Enable all stakeholders to make known
their views and to work together to ensure
            they are addressed’
        Effective Consultation

• Principles:
  –   Inclusive
  –   Equality
  –   Responsibility
  –   Transparent
         The Stakeholders?

• Impossible to provide an exhaustive list
  but will include:
  – Statutory consultees
  – Strategic stakeholders
  – Community stakeholders
• Community stakeholders more difficult
  to define but potentially most important
   Consultation is no guarantee that
    consensus will be reached but an
 inclusive, effective process will help to
    smooth the path of offshore wind
     development and build people’s
confidence and support of the technology

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