The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) was established by the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) in the year 2000 and fosters learning about stakeholder dialogue and ways to develop shared confidence, informed consent and acceptance of radioactive waste (RW) management solutions. A stakeholder is defined as anyone with a role to play or an interest in the process of deciding about RW management. The FSC provides a setting for direct stakeholder exchange in an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning.
Participating in this forum are government policy and regulatory officials, R&D specialists, implementers, and industry representatives from NEA member countries. Together they analyse, document and provide recommendations on today’s and tomorrow’s processes for embedding waste management programmes into a socio-political decision-making context.
The FSC convenes annually for a regular meeting and is often complemented by an FSC national workshop. The regular meetings include lectures and topical case study sessions to share experiences. FSC national workshops are organised in volunteer NEA member countries to bring together all the national stakeholders to provide a neutral ground for discussion, dialogue and advancement of knowledge on long-term radioactive waste management. FSC members and other international actors involved in RW management are invited to learn about the host country’s waste management programme and provide support by giving an external reflection built up on their own experience. They are often supplemented by a half a day devoted to a community visit (potential or selected site for a repository) or open event (public meeting or debate).
2016 marked the 10th national workshop of the FSC which took place in Switzerland. It focused on "Bridging Gaps – Developing Sustainable Intergenerational Decision-making in Radioactive Waste Management”. The workshop provided a forum for the participants from around the world to learn from each other's experiences and to discuss what can be done today to take sustainable decisions which can be understood and accepted by future generations. For the first time, ten young people between the ages of 16 and 25 were selected to represent their generation.
The FSC celebrated its 10th anniversary in September 2010. The regular meeting and a colloquium entitled "Looking Back, Looking Forward in Stakeholder Engagement" were opened to all interested parties. It was the occasion to take stock of achievements, conduct a multi-stakeholder discussion, and gather guidance on new directions for the FSC. Download all the presentations below to learn about governance, relationship-building among stakeholders, and partnership arrangements in radioactive waste management.
This link contains all presentations shown during the 11th Session of the FSC Regular Meeting and the 10th Anniversary Colloquium.
Lessons learnt from the FSC: a synthesis provided by the European Commission/Joint Research Centre E-Track project, BRANS Marleen, FERRARO Gianluca, VON ESTORFF Ulrik (2015), "The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency’s Forum on Stakeholder Confidence, radioactive waste management and public participation. A synthesis of its learnings and guiding principles", Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
Seeking to make its lessons learnt more easily accessible, the FSC offers flyers in various languages. In the case of Japanese, the FSC proposes bilingual English-Japanese versions of the flyers.
FSC identity flyer (2017)
"Bridging Gaps – Developing Sustainable Intergenerational Decision Making in Radioactive Waste Management" (2016)
How can stakeholder involvement be improved? (2015)
Towards waste management facilities that become a durable and attractive part of the fabric of local community – relevant design features (2008)
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