“We ensure transparency and stakeholder involvement”
Critics are complaining that they have not been sufficiently involved in GRACE, a project that could have considerable impacts on the methods and criteria used to assess the risks of GM plants in the EU in the future. In the latest issue of the magazine transkript, GRACE coordinator Joachim Schiemann makes it clear that this accusation does not stand up, emphasizing the fact that transparency and dialogue are of central importance to the project.
He explains that the consultations both began with workshops, and all interested parties were also given the opportunity to submit written comments. All comments and discussion contributions are published in detailed reports on the project website, along with all the data prepared in the course of the project. Online surveys complement the consultation process, which will accompany the project until its completion. Furthermore, GRACE will hold a public stakeholder conference at the end of the project to discuss the conclusions and recommendations that can be drawn from the project results.
If you would like more information on GRACE’s stakeholder consultations, please do not hesitate to contact the project coordinator, Joachim Schiemann, or Armin Spoek (leader of the “stakeholder involvement” work package).
Joachim Schiemann (joachim.schiemann[at]jki.bund.de)
Armin Spoek (armin.spoek[at]aau.at)