Stakeholder analysis is a method used for identifying and characterizing stakeholders, their relationships, resources, and interests related to a project or policy issue. It is particularly useful for initial scoping of an ES assessment.
Stakeholders are all those people affected by a project/policy/study/decision or have an influence on its outcome. Stakeholder analysis helps to identify and understand how stakeholdes are affected by ecosystem services, how they influence them, and their role in (public) decision making. Stakeholder analysis allows fine-tuning the assessment design and provides vital information for effectively and meaningfully engaging stakeholders in the assessment process.