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5. Social Responsibility

Engagement with stakeholders over project design

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.

Managing for positive social outcomes

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.

Monitoring and making statements about the social benefit of a WCC project

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.

Future Developments

We will publish a more thorough version of this tool later in 2014.


Last updated: 24th September 2014