When to involve managers and stakeholders in the process?
Managers should be involved from the start of the valuation process as they could be potential data providers. They could also give input on the required format of the results and could establish an agreed communication strategy.
At the end of the valuation process the results should be presented to the managers so they know that the information exists.
The managers should be given a sense of involvement and cooperation, but they should not be involved in the technical and methodological aspects.
A direct link between the managers and the scientific experts should be established.
These paragraphs reflect the main discussion outcomes of the ENCORA Theme 7-MARBEF Theme 3 workshop on marine biological valuation (6-8 December 2006, Gent, Belgium).