Latvian stakeholder mapping method

Sea Basin(s): 
Country: 
Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Stakeholders
Type of practice: 
Methodology
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Vision and aims
Stocktake
Analyse spatial aspects
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes

Questions this practice may help answer

  • How to analyse and map stakeholders?

Implementation Context

In the Baltic LINes project, the Latvian partner and MSP authority, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM), carried through a stakeholder mapping. Baltic LINes involves stakeholders in transnational workshops to learn about current and future spatial needs of their sector as well as to receive sector feedback on developed options for planning solutions.

Objectives

  • Understand stakeholders’ characteristics and determine the level of involvement needed for each stakeholder group.

Method

Stakeholders are mapped according to their expertise and their willingness to participate. Prior to the mapping, stakeholders have been analysed based on the following categories:

The rating per category is translated into scores, i.e. 3 for high, 2 for medium, 1 for low. The indicator “expertise” is the sum of power as well as relevance. Its maximum value is six. The indicator “value” is the sum of claim for space (1 for yes, 0 for no) and interest in transnational issues. Its maximum value is four.

The stakeholders are plotted in circles in the matrix according to their expertise and their willingness to participate. The latter ranking is directly taken from the stakeholder analysis table. The value of each stakeholder is expressed by different sizes of circles. The basis of their legitimacy (legal, economic, political, scientific) is expressed through a colour code.

 The location of the plotted stakeholders in the matrixes quadrants indicates how they should be involved.

 

Main Outputs

The main output is a visualisation of the level of expertise, the willingness to participate and stakeholders’ value as regards their involvement in transnational contexts.

Transferability

The approach can be transferred to other contexts. The main characteristics can be adapted according to need and hence can the two axes as well as the parameters plotted through circles.

Responsible Entity

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM)

Funding Source

Baltic LINes is a project financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Contact person

Kristine Kedo

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM)

 

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