Work Package 6 - Year 1 Review

At the inception of the project, WP6 ran a training course in Uppsala with case study leaders from Finland, Poland and Sweden. During the course, case leaders learned how to implement a soft systems approach to mediate the first set of interactions with key informants from their respective contexts. During this interaction, the participants developed rich pictures to depict how different constellations of stakeholders, frame issues in their respective river catchments. Based on an analysis of the rich pictures it was possible to identify those who potentially had a stake in eco-technologies designed to support nutrient and carbon recycling.  Moreover, it was possible to understand what co-benefits would be desirable to derive from the implementation of proposed eco-technologies.

WP6 is responsible for developing and facilitating a co-learning platform in the form of a SGS that draws on empirical insights generated throughout the RETURN project. The aim is to develop a creative, safe and inclusive learning space that invites deliberation over the feasibility of eco-technologies in contested contexts. Furthermore, it will support a participatory evaluation of the systemic impact different constellations of eco-technologies have on the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Cognisant of the need to co-develop a SGS with stakeholders from the case study contexts, and armed with empirical insights from the workshops with key informants, WP6 supported the process design of a second series of stakeholder workshops that were run in April 2018. The objective of these workshops were threefold: (1) to elicit an understanding how different stakeholders conceptualise sustainability of eco-technologies in context of their own systems of interest; (2) to gain an understanding of which constellations of eco-technologies stakeholders would prioritise to support the recycling of nutrients and carbon in their respective catchments and; (3) introduce the SGS and invite stakeholders to become co-developers of the SGS throughout the course of the project.

The interaction with stakeholders undertaken during year 1 and the analysis of the insights growing out of this has laid solid ground to implement forthcoming tasks for WP3, WP4 and WP6. Outcomes connected with first objective of second stakeholder workshop is being fed directly into WP3’s work in developing sustainability criteria to undertake a multi-criteria analysis of the eco-technologies. WP4 is using the insights into preferred constellations eco-technologies (objective 2) as direct input to set up SWAT models to evaluate their performance connected to reducing nutrient and carbon emissions. WP 6 is drawing on the interest and enthusiasm for SGS expressed by a number of the participants in workshop as basis for future cooperation in terms of the co-development of the SGS and to in part inform a historical review of socio cultural values influencing policy and governance and, a policy analysis.