This is a conceptual framework for the systematic application of stakeholder analysis in ecosystem services research. The comprehensive framework consists of a three-phase model entailing the planning phase, the execution of the actual stakeholder analysis phase, and, finally the subsequent actions. The framework incorporates stakeholders and ecosystem services on a geographical, institutional and ecosystem level. Systematic stakeholder analysis can be used to develop future activities linked to ecosystem services, including new policy or instruments, stakeholder engagement activities, and decision-making processes.
The conceptual framework aims to support the systematic inclusion of stakeholder analysis in contemporary ecosystem services research (Raum, 2018). The framework combines and builds on Hein et al.’s (2006) typology of ecological and institutional scales for ecosystem services provision and Reed et al.’s (2009) schematic representation of key steps for stakeholder analysis in natural resource management. It provides a three-phase model, entailing: 1) the context or planning phase, 2) the application of stakeholder analysis methods phase, and 3) subsequent actions which is further developed here. It can be found in form of an academic journal paper, published open access by Dr Susanne Raum in the journal 'Ecosystem Services' in January 2018. It describes the method in detail and also provides a sample case study and contains a figure illustrating the steps involved.