Author(s): B. C. Hall
Stakeholder participation has become widely viewed as an essential feature of
sustainable policy and decision-making.
As a result the provision for
stakeholder participation has been included within a range of decision-making
processes but without necessarily ensuring that its structure is appropriate to the
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 legislation required the
creation of Local Access Forums to advise on public access to the English
However guidance on their role and structure was vague and in
2005 a government commissioned survey indicated that many Local Access
Forums were experiencing a lack of empowerment.
Through observation of four Local Access Forums (LAFs) over a period of
two years it was possible to compare their experiences with the findings of the
government commissioned survey.
One of the four LAFs studied provided
indications of strategies leading to outcomes that were satisfactory for both
participants and organisers.
This case study has been further examined in order
to develop an outline of ‘Best Practice’ that is appropriate to the formation and
management of Local Access Forums within the context of stakeholder
stakeholders, participation, local access forums, tourism.
This paper draws heavily on fieldwork undertaken for a recently completed
The material has been selected and edited but at the heart of the
discussion are concerns relating to empowerment in participative forms of
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SW100601
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