European Assessment Scenario Workshop (EASW)

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The European Awareness Scenario Workshop, also known by the acronym EASW is a method of promoting discussion and participation. It is especially effective in local contexts and it is intended to foster debate on issues related to ecology and urban environment and, more generally, to encourage social participation in programs aimed at sustainable development in an area.


A EASW is built on three main activities:

  1. the development of scenarios
  2. stakeholder mapping;
  3. EASW workshop for the development of visions and ideas.

Activities a. and b. are preparatory for the workshop and involve a small group of participants (mainly experts) to chose issues to be discussed. In this phases the discussion should be about scenarios considering “how” the issues can be considered and “who” should solve these problems. In this phase the stakeholders participating at the EASW should be identified. The workshop can last one or more days and need to be coordinated by a specific Facilitators team. The workshop is structured in 2 phases: future visions elaboration and ideas and action development. In the vision (10 years scenario) elaboration phase, participants, after a brief introductory session, should work divided in 4 groups of interest, according to the same social group (citizens, administrators, economic sector, technicians). All stakeholders discuss together on the chosen scenarios in order to identify the main emerging issues. Stakeholders are now divided in 4 mixed group in order to identify a maximum of 5 ideas to solve the discussed issues. All stakeholders meet finally together in order to vote the most significant ideas. Top rated ideas will finally be at the root of the local action plan developed by the participants to solve the problems under discussion.


EASW was used in the Torre Guaceto MPA within the project Wetland II (Interreg IIIB-CADSES 2000-2006) to elaborate a shared model for the development of the Marine Protected Area


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