Best Practice Database (Isotech Ltd)
During the lifespan of the ActionMed project, there were three stakeholders’ workshops held both at subregional and national level performed for implementing the Decyde-4-ActionMed methods and toolbox. DeCyDe-4-ActionMed encouraged the active participation of stakeholders and decision-makers in the definition of Programmes of Measures for Descriptors 5 (eutrophication), 8 (contaminants), 9 (contaminants in seafood) and 10 (marine litter), and the identification of possible common measures for implementation at a sub-regional level. Using the measures selected by the stakeholders at each of the workshops as inspiration, the Best Practice Database was created having identified 15 similar initiatives implemented successfully around Europe. Where possible, practices originating from the countries participating in the ActionMed project have been included in the database.
The Best Practice Database is produced by Isotech Ltd in a Microsoft Access format (Best Practice Database (Access)) for having all inserted information in an organized manner. The Access data format allows some data interrogation but overall the database is also available in pdf (Best Practice Database).
The Database can serve as a very useful tool to those stakeholders and policy makers wishing to implement similar practices, as it outlines what worked well in an initiative, what were the major steps to take and what are the things to watch out for.
The information that is captured for each best practice in Access corresponds to the information included in the template that appears in Appendix A, i.e.:
- Title of the practice
- The Descriptor(s) to which it relates (i.e. Descriptor(s) 5, 8, 9, 10)
- The date that the practice was initiated
- The mode of action of the practice (i.e. Technical, Economic, Legislative or Policy Driven)
- Who it was initiated by
- A brief description of about 200 words
- A list of the involved stakeholders and, where relevant, a brief description of how they were engaged
- Information on the funding of the practice i.e. who funded it and if possible what was the cost
- A presentation of the practice’s results, providing quantitative information where relevant
- The success and fail factors of the practice, and any lessons learned
- The practice’s success rate (i.e. somewhat successful or very successful)
- Any additional, supporting information
Information on who (person or organisation) submitted the practice.