Local stakeholders laboratories - LSL
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CLAIM devotes specific attention to the integration of research actors and stakeholders,
as a central component of the Project strategy and as an integral part of the development
of the framework to support policy design. The Project interacts between local,
national and EU stakeholders and policy makers throughout the Project life cycle.
In each case study area a network of local stakeholders is set up: Local Stakeholder Laboratory – LSL.
The LSL is composed of local stakeholders who support the organisation and development
of case studies and guarantee a reciprocal feedback between policy-making and Project
The LSL is designed at the case study level. The members of the LSL represent:
- Regional or national administrations
- Rural development agencies
- Farm organisations
- Chambers of commerce
- Local NGOs
- Consumers and citizens associations
- Women’s organisations
- Youth organisations
The local network meets at least 2 times during the Project, to perform the activities
planned in Task 4.2 of the Project.
Through this strategic and integrated laboratories:
- the distance from research results and efficient policy suggestion is shortened;
- researchers are constantly driven and supported by stakeholders;
- the language obstacles of people with different backgrounds are removed;
- the resources are prioritized around major challenges highlighted by the stakeholders;
- the evidence based policy support framework is standardized and rationalized around
agreed and useful common points;
- partnership between researchers and other public institutions is promoted;
- more efficient dissemination and exploitation channels are built up both for the
Project scientific results and for its policy recommendations.
The LSL aims to:
- supply advice on case study development, including policy issues;
- give support for information collection;
- provide expertise for activity d of the case studies, involving assessment of causal
mechanisms in landscape effects based on participatory techniques.
These groups of local stakeholders in case study areas supports the Project activities
at the case study level by way of a participatory process. The CLAIM Consortium
uses this structure since it is able to enhance and collect the suggestions of different
and intersectoral policy makers and to allow a more direct involvement in the participatory
research activities envisaged in the Project.