In this process, the general public and various experts should be allowed to contribute their knowledge. This could be done as simple sketches on a map, with coordinates set for certain points for GIS manipulation, or as advanced landscape analyses with substantial expert involvement. In the UK there is a long experience from Landscape Characterisation Analyses (LCA) and Historic Landscape Analysis (HLA). Through participation in landscape analysis', a better basis is provided and a better knowledge basis is achieved, especially as regards social background. An analysis is never really complete, and the discussion can continue, but some kind of finish should be made, so the participants can see how experts have treated their views and have the chance to correct mistakes.
Introduction - building confidence
To have participative planning process needs time and planning to start. Here we will present some ideas for a smooth beginning of the process.