Stakeholder involvement

Involving a wide range of interested parties in the decision-making on nuclear power programmes can enhance public awareness, understanding and confidence. This is also important for those stakeholders that do not have a direct role in making those decisions.

Member States often identify the effective communication with stakeholders, and their awareness and understanding, as one of the biggest challenges when initiating a nuclear power programme or undertaking related activities, such as uranium mining. Creating awareness and promoting understanding among the various interested parties, who do not only come from the nuclear industry or government institutions but also the media, local communities and non-governmental organizations, is essential to build mutual trust related to nuclear science and technology questions. Therefore, designing and implementing productive stakeholder involvement programmes starts with communication about energy policies and strengthening stakeholders’ understanding of nuclear power, including its benefits and risks.

The IAEA provides guidance on how to communicate and engage with both internal and external stakeholders. It regularly holds national and regional workshops on stakeholder involvement and integrates this issue in its review missions. The IAEA publication on Stakeholder Involvement Throughout the Life Cycle of Nuclear Facilities presents an approach to effective, responsible and sustainable stakeholder involvement.

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