Work package #6

Civil Society Interaction


The aim of WP6 is to give civil society the opportunity to follow, discuss and give feedback on the research conducted in the project by the development, using previous experience, of a relevant interaction framework. The work package will facilitate the translation of scientific results and other output from WP1-5 to the public and creating the conditions for civil society local and national representatives to interpret, discuss and give feedback on the research result and other information made available by the project. This will enhance the possibilities of civil society participation in future situations where there are consultation processes as a part of safety case review.

Description of work

The work package will be built around working group with 4-6 representatives of different environmental NGOs, a majority with a technical / scientific training. To the group will be tied 1-2 scientific experts, chosen by the NGOs, with expertise in this particular field. Possibly there will also be 1-2 representatives with technical / scientific background from municipalities linked to the group, e g Östhammar municipality in Sweden. A larger network of NGOs will be tied to the project through the organization Nuclear Transparency Watch, and possibly also a network of municipalities, e g European local Network of radioactive Waste Dialogue – ENWD, part of GMF. The work carried out in the following tasks.

Task 1. During a short introductory scoping period work will be done by the working group with the support of the scientific expert(s) to understand the project’s background, work and objectives. A part of this work will be to analyse the project in a larger context – how is it related to on-going disposal projects and the challenges they are facing.

As part of this task there will be a workshop with the Working Group, the scientific experts, and participation of representatives from other WP 1-5 is foreseen.

Task 2. The WP working group with the support of the scientific expert(s)s will then continuously follow the project and its results. At each annual meeting the WP will presents the progress of the work.

Task 3. Towards the end of the project, the working group will summarise the conducted work and documentation will be done of the interaction framework developed in the work package.

A large workshop will be held where the larger network(s) of environmental NGOs (and possibly local communities) are given access to the results of the work in the project.