ICAT aims to help countries measure and assess the impacts of their climate actions. Broad stakeholder participation is an essential factor for fostering greater transparency, effectiveness, trust and ambition in climate policies.

The Stakeholder Participation Guide can help countries enhance stakeholder participation in the design, implementation and assessment of climate policies and actions. Enhancing stakeholder participation has been shown to build understanding and support among diverse groups, which can improve policy and action design and strengthen GHG, sustainable development, and transformational change impacts.

The document provides practical guidance on planning and implementing effective participatory processes. It addresses the key elements of stakeholder participation, including planning, identifying and understanding stakeholders, establishing multi-stakeholder bodies, providing information to stakeholders, designing and conducting consultations, and establishing grievance redress mechanisms.

The Stakeholder Participation Guide is applicable to all sectors, policies and actions covered by the series of assessment guides.

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I am convinced of the need for a far more coherent and far-reaching framework to enhance the quality of Stakeholder Participation in order to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions, as without meaningful input and verification of results from diverse groups, global efforts to stem emissions will surely be compromised.

– Leah Good, Transparency International

Effective participation by stakeholders in MRV processes can contribute not only to improve the quality of the data collected but also to increase ownership for climate action among a broader set of stakeholders which will be critical for the effective implementation of the NDCs and for increasing ambition over time.

– Sebastien Duyck, University of Lapland and Centre for International Environmental Law