Making Climate Action Participatory: Why, what’s needed, and how do we get there?
Making Climate Action Participatory
A workshop convened by the Open Governance Network for Europe, a joint initiative of Democratic Society and the Open Government Partnership
This workshop will bring together EU, national, and local-level officials with a broad spectrum of civil society for a half-day workshop to learn, discuss, and share how to make European climate action participatory, in order to generate stronger, more responsive and inclusive climate policies, and build public support for their implementation. The workshop will explore and highlight practices from a variety of entry points for such engagement, grounded in open government values to ensure sustainability, inclusivity, and fairness in transition.
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
13:00 - 17:00 CET
13:00 - 14:00
Session 1: Why participatory approaches are important for climate action
This introductory session will explore why participatory approaches are important for climate action, with experts and practitioners offering insights and evidence gained from national- and city-level experience.
- Bjørn Bedsted, Deputy Director, Danish Board of Technology
- Susie Townend, Head of Climate Assembly Secretariat, Government of Scotland
- Teele Pehk, Process Designer, The Green Tiger of Estonia
- Maria Koomen, lead, Open Governance Network for Europe
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:30
Session 2: How to engage citizens and civil society in climate priority setting and policymaking
In this session, participants will explore different ways to engage citizens and civil society in shaping public climate action, from consultation (i.e. climate assemblies) to participatory budgeting. With ideas and experiences from experts and practitioners, participants will gain a better understanding of how different forms of civic engagement can be designed and carried out - in and across different levels of governance - to lead to stronger policy outcomes and collective ownership of responsibility.
- Albert Edman, strategist, Viable Cities, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
- Ricardo Pita, Head of Division of the Municipality of Lisbon
- Lise Deshautel, independent consultant, former advisor to the French Citizen’s Convention on Climate and co-founder of the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies
- Elizabeth Moses, Environmental Rights and Justice Associate II, Environmental Democracy Practice, World Resources Institute
- Paul Braithwaite, Senior Regional Coordinator, Open Government Partnership
15:30 - 15:45
15:45 - 17:00
Session 3: How to build civic engagement into climate policy implementation and monitoring
In this session, participants will explore different ways to engage citizens and civil society in ensuring public climate action is meeting its objectives and reaching those in need, from oversight processes to impact assessments. Participants will gain a better understanding of how different forms of civic engagement can be designed and carried out - in and across different levels of governance - to lead to stronger policy outcomes and collective ownership of responsibility.
- Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, head of international and European governance, Ecologic
- Arnas Liauksminas, expert in the field of environment and social governance, Lithuania
- Dace Shevchenko, communications specialist, MyVoice, Latvia
- Doreen Grove, Open Government Lead, Government of Scotland
- Tim Hughes, Lead, Democracy and Participation, Open Government Partnership