Other Benefits of PP

Effective community consultation, early on in the project cycle, creates ownership (shared responsibility, involvement) for the project. It provides the opportunity to accurately convey the implications of a proposal to all interested parties, thus enhancing political credibility. Additionally, it is a mean to ensure full mitigation of significant impacts, including due consideration of possible alternatives (Budd, 1999).

Applying democratic ideas to CZM projects reinforces basic principles and practices of self-governance, thus strengthening the legitimacy of a country's CZM program. Additionally, acceptance of the public as a valued partner in the CZM process can inspire the cooperation between citizens, their government, and industries that is crucial to the success of a regulatory system.