‘Stakeholders’ is a commonly used word but its meaning is not always clear: it means different things to different people, and it is not easily translated into some languages. In the context of the CorMan project, the term ‘stakeholders’ is taken to mean (a) people who are affected (either positively of negatively by cormorant-fish-fishery conflicts or associated issues, and (b) people who can influence (either positively or negatively) the outcome or end result of a particular process.
The CorMan project has established contacts with a number of key European stakeholder groups through a Stakeholders’ Liaison Group (SLG). The SLG includes the main stakeholders’ organisations which most have an interest in cormorants and their impacts on fisheries, fish stocks, recreational angling and aquaculture.
The main aim of the SLG is to ease communication and support information exchange with and among the main stakeholder organisations in Europe. Stakeholders contribute to CorMan by participating in the SLG and through direct contact between the project and stakeholders’ organisations.
The major functions of the Stakeholders’ Liaison Group are:
Stakeholders are all aware:
The Stakeholders’ Liaison Group currently comprises members from the following organisations:
As well as these members, selected specialists may be invited to inform the SLG about certain matters relevant for the issues, questions and topics planned that arise during the life of the CorMan project.The SLG’s work is facilitated through preparation by the project leaders and the assistance of a professional independent facilitator engaged by CorMan.
The Stakeholders’ Liaison Group have had three meetings in the first two years of CorMan and a final meeting will take place in October 2013. Discussion takes place both at these face-to-face meetings and through email. Having formed the SLG the project aims to create a positive atmosphere where views can be exchanged and possible solutions can be discussed. It is the intention that all parties support the project’s attempt to improve dissemination of relevant information about cormorants, conflicts related to cormorants, fish and fisheries, and existing/potential solutions for conflicts. Members of the SLG have contributed with relevant material to the present EU Cormorant Platform.
Past and future SLG meetings
The first SLG meeting took place in Denmark during 4-6th April 2011. Details are available in the Minutes of this meeting. The second SLG meeting took place in the UK during 24-26th October 2011 (for details see Meeting report). The third SLG meeting took place in the UK during 30th May–1st June 2012 (for details see Meeting report). The fourth SLG meeting took place in Belgium during 1st–2nd October 2013 (for details see Meeting report).