A stakeholder is any person, group or organization who contributes to, or is affected positively or negatively, by the project. There may be a wide number of stakeholders and each will have their own needs and will need to be engaged in a way relevant to them at each stage.
Examples of stakeholders:
- Land owners
- Communities living on the project site, neighbouring the site, or using the site for food and resources
- Visitors to the project site; e.g. tourists, researchers, fishermen, hunters
- Implementing agencies
- Technical assistance providers
- Government departments
- Local government/administration departments
Community groups are key stakeholders in any invasive species management project. Their close connection to, and dependency on the land, mean that they may be strongly affected by the effects of invasive species and may be major beneficiaries of the management project. Being so closely associated with the location, communities will also be a major source of information on the project. Their support and involvement is vital to the success of the project.