The RECARE WP4 & 5 teams invite you to participate in the

RECARE Training on Stakeholder Interaction - II
2-4 June 2015, Gunnarsholt, Iceland.

 

Registration
Registration for this event is required. You can register at the event registration page (login first).

Required Documents
The documents made available by WP4&5 after the training can be downloaded here (login first)

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1. Dates
2nd- 4th June 2015

2. Location
Gunnarsholt, 851 Hella South Iceland.

3. Venue

The meeting will take place at the Knowledge Centre of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland. The Centre is located at the headquarters of the SCSI in the countryside (at a former farmstead). Lodging and full board will be provided by the Centre during the meeting. The telephone number of the Centre/SCSI is: +354 4883000 – www.land.is

Local contact persons are: the following staff of the SCSI:

  • Anne Bau (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Thorunn Petursdottir (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and
  • Johann Thorsson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

4. Meeting Program

Monday 1-6:
  • Arrival of participants in Reykjavik

Tuesday 2-6:

  • 08:00 Transfer to Gunnarsholt (2h)
  • 10:00 Introduction to the workshop; feedback from Padua WP5/CS sessions

10:40 Coffee break

  • 11:00 Introduction of participants; feedback on SH workshop1 and expectations of this workshop

12:00 Lunch

  • 13:00 Explanation of the Guidelines
  • 14:00 Explanation of the selection tool (software)

15:00 Coffee/tea break

  • 15:30 Discussion on guidelines & tool
  • 16:30 Tour of the Knowledge Centre of the Soil Conservation Service (?)

Wednesday 3-6

  • Practical exercise, using Iceland example (group work – most of the day)
  • 16:00 Feedback and discussion
  • 17:00 Introduction to the field trip

Thursday 4-6

  • Excursion (illustration of previous days’ exercise in the field, practical implications) and return to Reykjavik

Friday 5-6

  • Departure of participants


5. Stay

Option for lodging:

  • In Reykjavik for one night (1st-2nd June) – accommodation options:

22Hill Hotel – 135 Eur (single room, breakfast included)

  • In Reykjavik for one night (4th-5th June) – accommodation options:

22Hill Hotel – 135 Eur (single room, breakfast included)

  • During the meeting (2nd-4thJune) the participants will be hosted at the Knowledge Centre of the SCSI in Gunnarsholt. All participants will stay in single rooms (50 Eur pr night) in newly renovated and highly comfortable houses (with wifi access). The Knowledge Centre provides full boarding during the workshop.
    Meeting venue is in walking distance from the accommodation facilities.

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT Each individual that registers must contact the hotel him/herself directly and make the hotel reservation in Reykjavik, stating it´s for the RECARE/Landgr meeting.

6. Food
Food provided by the Knowledge Centre:

  • Breakfast buffet – lunch buffet (warm meal and salat bar) – dinner buffet
  • Coffee and snacks in breaks during the workshop hours (morning +afternoon)
  • It is possible to order vegetarian food or special products for people with allergies – just needs to be done in advance (you can indicate this on the registration page).

7. Travelling

a. International travel options
The only option is to arrive and depart via Keflavik airport (KEF)

b. Local travel options

From Keflavik airport, participants can take the flybus to Reykjavik (approx. 50 min drive). Participants need to buy the flybus ticket at the airport (close to the exit). We recommend they also buy a return ticket, as it is cheaper. They should inform to what hotel they are heading and the flybus will bring them there directly.
In the morning of the 2nd June, all participants will be picked up in front of their hotel at 08:00am and brought to the Knowledge Centre in Gunnarsholt. The workshop will then start at 10:00 same morning.
All participants will be brought back to their hotels in Reykjavik after the excursion that will take place on Thursday the 4thJune.

8. Local Money

- The local currency is the Icelandic króna (ISK) 1 EUR = ± 150 ISK
- It´s not possible to exchange money at the venue so we recommend participants to do that beforehand or at the airport. You will need cash for the stay in Gunnarsholt (50 EUR / night = ± 7.500 ISK / night).
- There are several ATM in walking distance from the hotels in Reykjavik. We will prepare a map showing their locations and circulate it later. There are NO ATM in Gunnarsholt.
- At the hotels in Reykjavik, the participants can pay with credit cards but not at the Knowledge Centre in Gunnarsholt – there one can only pay with cash (and you need to get cash in Reykjavik).

9. Local Weather

  • The weather in beginning of June is unpredictable. It´s the Icelandic late spring/beginning summer period.
  • The temperature might vary between 8 and 15°C and it might be nice and sunny or nice but wet.
  • Participants are advised to bring their hiking gears; a warm pullover should be in the suitcase and a water- and windproof jacket.
  • Good shoes like light hiking shoes are also recommended.
  • Sun blocker might be needed and sunglasses and lighter outdoor gear as well.
  • It´s also an option to bring bathing suits and try one of the swimming pools around (there´s one in walking distance from the hotels in Reykjavik).

10. Excursion
We plan an excursion on Thursday the 4th for the full day. We will travel by bus from Gunnarsholt to Reykjavik. The Icelandic RECARE research site will be our main focus point but we plan to visit other interesting places on our way back to Reykjavik (both scientific and leisure purpose). We can offer packed lunch+ drinks provided by the Knowledge Centre or we could stop at a restaurant on our way.

11. Meeting costs
The total meeting cost pr participant is the following (airfare excluded);

  • Flybus KEF-REK-KEF: 30 Eur
  • Hotel in REK (breakfast incl): 135 Eur
  • Local travel to the venue: 25 Eur
  • Venue cost (meeting room, photocopies...) 20 Eur
  • Accomodation in Gunnarsholt (two nights) 100 Eur
  • Full boarding in Gunnarsholt during the stay 70 Eur
  • Social dinner at the venue site 30 Eur
  • Packed lunch for the excursion 8 Eur
  • Excursion (full day – ends in REK) 35 Eur
  • Hotel in REK (breakfast incl): 135 Eur

TOTAL COST PR PARTICIPANT: 588 Eur (to be paid in cash ± 288 EUR which is approx. 43.200 ISK)

- Participants can pay their accommodation in Reykjavik with their credit card – other expenses must be paid in cash
- It´s possible to get a separate invoice for the local costs.

12. Contact
Anne Bau (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Thorunn Petursdottir (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Johann Thorsson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

22 Hill Hotel Brautarholt 22, 105 Reykjavík
Tel: +354 511-3777 – email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotel Örkin Brautarholt 29, 105 Reykjavík
Tel: +354 568 0777 - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The rooms are reserved for: RECARE/Landgr – please mention that when booking.

One or two more accommodation options might be added soon. 

 

Background of the training

The integrated trans-disciplinary approach of the RECARE project aims at initiating a process of co-production of knowledge and joint learning between relevant stakeholders from the local to the (sub-) national level. Thus, in each study site a range of different stakeholders (from land users, civil society organisations, local authorities to industry and government representatives) will actively be engaged in this process.

The training on stakeholder interaction in RECARE will empower project partners to interact with stakeholders relevant to their particular site in order to identify the soil threats and relevant countermeasures to be taken. Methodologies and materials will be introduced that will guide study site moderators to build up a stakeholder platform consisting of a variety of tools and approaches (e.g. contact points, social media, field days) in order to engage with the various stakes involved.

In the DESIRE project (2007-2012), a methodology was developed by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern. Based on the experiences gained in DESIRE and in view of the specific needs of RECARE, the existing materials are currently being adapted by the WP5 team and will form the basis for the upcoming stakeholder interaction training.

A second training will be held in March/April 2015 – maybe in combination with the next Plenary Meeting – will focus more on decision support, i.e. on how to select potential SLM solutions in a participatory way.