The involvement and collaboration of the private sector, NGOs, citizens' groups and other non-institutional organisations or individuals interested in or affected by the management of the coast. Structures to achieve participation may include core steering groups of key stakeholders, general forums that meet regularly, technical panels, newsletters and various topic or issue groups as required.
One or more physical or legal entities and, in accordance with national legislation or practice, their associations, organisations or groups.
which is affected or can be affected by a decision on environmental issues
or which is concerned about the process; Non-governmental organisations
participating in the environmental protection and working in compliance
with national legislation are defined as interested (stakeholder) organisations.
(from: UN EEC Convention
on the information availability..., 1998)