The aim is that politicians/officials should have a comprehensive exposition and knowledge of the subject/issue that the hearing focus on, from various experts, interested and concerned parties. At the same time, everyone can ask each other additional questions, often resulting in good and rewarding discussions. Sometimes the chairperson concludes the hearing by letting all participants, politicians as well as experts, comment on what they have learnt from this rendezvous. In the invitation, it is important to express the aim of the hearing, and what the results will be used for. Extensive preparation efforts are required for compiling and defining the issues of the hearing, and for finding and inviting appropriate panel members, so the ‘expert panel’ can provide an all-round exposition. An experienced meeting/debate leader is required, and also several people to document the meeting (possibly recording). Plan and inform in reasonable time so everyone can take part, and organise publicity before and after the hearing. Decide how feedback should be brought to panel members and visitors. This method requires a certain competence from the leader to hold a hearing. Resources for information, communication and documentation of the hearing are required.
The dialogue is important in all types communication and there are several methods and tools. One good advice is to meet people where they are and not to expect them to come to you.
South Baltic Landscape Forum has been created in the framework of the LIFEscape project. LIFEscape was co-financed by the South Baltic Programme of the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). It has been implemented between May 2011 and April 2014 under the leadership of Elbląg High-Plain Landscape Park, Poland.