Transformative Participation for Socio-Ecological Sustainability

Around the CoOPLAGE pathways

by Emeline Hassenforder (editorial coordination), Nils Ferrand (editorial coordination)
april 2024
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We, as humans, are currently facing urgent socio-ecological challenges (climate change, demographic increase, booming inequalities, etc.). These challenges are reinforced by systems of financial control at the international level, super-extractive strategies on natural resources, lack of effective democracy, surge of conflicts and wars, etc. This book is based on the assumption that these challenges cannot be faced without the enhanced participation of all stakeholders—from citizens to policy-makers—in the decisions that affect our social-ecological systems. This means that stakeholders must no longer simply be informed, but acquire the capacities to decide, act and adapt autonomously. In this sense, participation must be transformative. This book argues that this transformation needs to be accompanied by approaches, methods and concrete feedbacks. Therefore, this book aims to give an account of a diversity of practices and methods used to involve the various stakeholders, including the public, in transformative decision-making towards socio-ecological sustainability. It answers questions such as: How to engineer a participatory process? How can facilitators acquire the skills needed to facilitate such a process? How can role-playing games support decision and change? How to design territorial development plans with thousands of citizens? What digital platform can be designed to support participatory policy making? How can the impact of a participatory process be monitored and evaluated? What is the role of experts in these processes?

Table of contents


Emeline Hassenforder and Nils Ferrand

Chapter 1. Participatory approaches to developing sustainable futures: A global perspective

Katherine Anne Daniell

Chapter 2. The CoOPLAGE approach: When actors model their situation, principles or plans together for sustainable, empowering decision-making and change

Nils Ferrand, Emeline Hassenforder and Wanda Aquae-Gaudi

Chapter 3. The context of citizen participation in water management in France

Audrey Massot, Anne Pressurot and Marie Trouillet; interviews conducted by Emeline Hassenforder

Part 1. The Foundations of Public Participation for Socio-Ecological Sustainability

Chapter 4. Developing a culture of participation: Progress and considerations in France

Joana Janiw; Interview conducted by Emeline Hassenforder

Chapter 5. Territorial facilitator, a profession to be developed and defended: A Tunisian experience

Houssem Braïki, Guillaume Lestrelin, Sylvie Morardet, Soumaya Younsi, Emeline Hassenforder, Amar Imache, Audrey Barbe, Anissa Ben Hassine, Fethi Hadaji and Mohamed Chamseddine Harrabi

Chapter 6. Participation and the construction of social acceptability: Fantasy or reality?

Benjamin Noury and Laura Seguin

Chapter 7. Supporting participatory processes in territorial governance: The researcher’s “risky” stance

Caroline Lejars, Veronica Mitroi, Guillaume Lestrelin, Julien Burte, Isabelle Tritsch and Nils Ferrand

Chapter 8. Supporting participatory policy making with an integrated digital platform: The e-CoOPILOT approach

Nils Ferrand and Samuel Tronçon

Part 2. Engineering and Evaluating Participatory Decision Processes

Chapter 9. Engineering participation: Preparing and designing a participatory process

Nils Ferrand, Emeline Hassenforder and Sabine Girard

Chapter 10. Evaluating a participatory process

Emeline Hassenforder and Nils Ferrand

Insert 1. “Participation compass”, a web application to organise and track participatory processes

Anne Hilleret and Karine Lancement

Chapter 11. Participating is also learning!

Laura Seguin, Patrice Garin, Sabine Girard, Sarah Loudin and Emeline Hassenforder

Part 3. Participatory Modelling to Support Decision and Change

Chapter 12. Designing and using role-playing games for water and land management

Géraldine Abrami and Nicolas Becu

Insert 2. LittoWAG: a companion game for coastal risk adaptation

Julie Latune, Mariana Rios, Eva Perrier, Geraldine Abrami and Nils Ferrand

Chapter 13. “L’Eau en Têt”: An educational role-playing kit to educate people on participation

Patrice Robin, Fabrice Carol, Floriane Le Moing, Géraldine Abrami, Nils Ferrand and Dominique Dalbin

Chapter 14. Integrating expert technical knowledge in a sanitation planning process with stakeholders: WasteWAG modelling and game in Senegal

Mélaine Aucante, Rémi Lombard-Latune, Alpha Ba, Camille Cheval, Paul Moretti and Nils Ferrand

Chapter 15. Influence at the margin: Participation and water infrastructure in the Cambodian Mekong delta

Jean-Philippe Venot, William’s Daré, Etienne Delay, Sreytouch Heourn, Lamphin Lor, Malyne Neang, Somali Oum, Raksmey Phoeurk, Sopheaktra Say, Sophak Seng and Sreypich Sinh

Chapter 16. Enhancing the characterisation of floods, water resources and their impacts through participatory observation

Valérie Borrell Estupina, Frédéric Grelot, Alexandre Alix, David Badoga, Pierre Balzergue, Pauline Brémond, Moustapha Djangue, Jofre Herrero Ferran, Alain Fezeu, Camille Jourdan, Cécile Llovel, Linda Luquot, Valérianne Marry, Sylvie Morardet, Roger Moussa, Diana Puigserver Cuerda, Sophie Richard, Marine Rousseau, David Sebag, Eric Servat and Sandra Van-Exter

Part 4. Planning for Transforming towards Socio-Ecological Sustainability

Chapter 17. CoOPLAN multi-scale participatory planning process: Applications in Uganda and elsewhere

Nils Ferrand, Clovis Kabaseke, Moses Muhumuza, Thaddeo Tibasiima and Emeline Hassenforder

Insert 3. Feedback from a large-scale citizen participatory process on the Drôme river basin

Claire Petitjean and Chrystel Fermond

Chapter 18. Shared Water Policy in New Caledonia: Feedback on a mechanism for policy co-construction and co-planning

Caroline Lejars, Séverine Bouard and Nils Ferrand

Chapter 19. Opportunities and challenges of transferring the CoOPLAGE approach to Integrated Water Resources Management in a Beninese wetland

Raphaëlle Ducrot and William’s Daré


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Language(s): English

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Update Sciences & technologies

Published: 17 april 2024

Reference Book: 02951

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02951NUM

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02951EPB

EAN13 Book: 9782759239191

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759239207

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759239214

Interior: Colour

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Pages count Book: 270

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 270

Weight (in grammes): 410

Size: 11.5 MB (PDF), 10.6 MB (ePub)


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