Green Park Consultants GPC Ltd was established in 2007 by a small group of experienced professionals with a strong commitment to equitable and sustainable development.

The team has particular expertise, derived from decades of grounded work in the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia and elsewhere, in:

  • policies and institutional arrangements for sustainable development
  • environmental governance
  • protected areas and their contribution to poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods
  • climate change adaptation strategies

GPC has offered a range of services to governments, civil society organisations, research and academic institutions and international agencies, including:

  • programme evaluation
  • facilitation of policy processes
  • research and analysis
  • institutional development
  • programme and project planning

All work done by GPC draws on interest and experience in participatory approaches that involve stakeholders in processes of collective analysis and decision-making.

Long seen as an essential aspect of sustainable development, participatory approaches are those that engage stakeholders -- those with an interest in an issue, an area or a resource -- in its management. The main objectives of participatory approaches are:

  • to contribute to improved management by incorporating the knowledge and skills of all stakeholders;
  • to increase the likelihood of stakeholder acceptance of and support for decisions that have been jointly agreed;
  • to incorporate a wide range of perspectives and ideas, resulting in improved management decisions and actions;
  • to provide a forum for identifying conflicts and negotiating their solutions;
  • to contribute to stakeholder empowerment and institutional development.

Adapted from: T. Geoghegan, Y. Renard & N.A. Brown
Guidelines for Participatory Planning:
A Manual for Caribbean Natural Resource Managers and Planners
2004, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, Laventille - Trinidad.