- Engagement with stakeholders over project design
- Managing for positive social outcomes
- Monitoring and making statements about the social benefits of a WCC project
- Future developments
In order to ensure acceptance and buy-in from relevant stakeholders, the project shall provide an opportunity for, and take account of, views of stakeholders and feedback from local communities during both the project design phase and over the lifetime of the project. A toolbox for public engagement in forest and woodland planning assists forest and woodland managers when planning for public involvement, and when considering which tools they could use to include people in forest or woodland planning.
Documentary evidence for stakeholder consultation and engagement carried out as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (if required) should be sufficent in most cases.
In order to manage for positive social outcomes, the project shall incorporate the social aspects of sustainable forest managment as set out in the UK Forestry Standard and supporting Guidelines for Forests and People.
We are developing tools to help projects consistently describe the wider social and environmental benefits of their project. A basic version of this tool is available from the Grown in Britain website. Project developers are encouraged to use these tools as a way of consistently describing the co-benefits of WCC projects.
We will publish a more thorough version of this tool later in 2014.