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There were two mechanisms for wider stakeholder input into the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum process. The first was the Forum members’ individual reference groups and networks with whom they discussed the Forum work on an on-going basis.
In addition, two open consultation periods were built into the Forum process. The first (Phase 1) was in January and February 2009 and focused on developing relationships with stakeholders, building understanding of the Forum process and getting initial feedback on the content of the Protocol through comments on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol Key Components Document - January 2009.
The second focused on the detail and practical application of the Draft Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, and took place between September and December 2009, following the release of the Draft Protocol in August 2009. This Phase 2 consultation was held alongside trialling of the Draft Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in a number of different locations.