8. Engagement of Stakeholders

National and regional stakeholder engagement is critical to the successful uptake and implementation of the regional strategy to improve aquatic biosecurity in PICTs. Setting an engagement plan will allow for:

  • Information, consultation and empowerment of government and non-government stakeholders.
  • Greater awareness of stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities.
  • Unnecessary duplication of effort across jurisdictions.
  • Greater participation of stakeholders.
  • Behavioural change across the entire decision-making spectrum from civil society and communities to government agencies.

Engagement of key stakeholders will be enhanced through various approaches:

  • Information, e.g., articles in newsletters, journals and newspapers, website, social media, open discussion groups.
  • Consultation, e.g., surveys and meetings/workshops with focus groups (e.g., policy makers, animal health practitioners, WAHIS operators, etc);
  • Collaboration, e.g., workshops for the participatory development of new policies and procedures on implementation, monitoring and evaluation of aquatic biosecurity strategies.
  • Empowerment, e.g., delegate implementation, monitoring and evaluation to country authorities and private sector.

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