Public participation: contributing to better water management - Case Study 3 (Rhône Méditerranée RBD, France)
In France, each RBD has a Comité de bassin (river basin committee) that brings together a range of stakeholders and government offices. The Comités de bassin adopt key documents for river basin management, including the RBMPs: thus, they have decision-making powers. In the Rhône Méditerranée basin, as in other French RBDs, extensive efforts were made to raise public awareness and gather public opinion for the 2009 RBMP. This work included a communication campaign involving a travelling exhibition, public forums, conferences and workshops, as well as posters and brochures. Two rounds of questionnaires were prepared for the public (the second round was mailed to inhabitants, and numbered over 6 million questionnaires).
See here, page 19