Rotterdam harbor extension
WesselinkVanZijst developed large parts of its methodology in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam authority during the crucial years of decision making on the harbor extension Maasvlakte 2. As their stakeholder engagement manager, Marc Wesselink entered the project organization after another defeat in administrative court. Using dialogue as the main form of engagement with third party interests, the individual and collective, legitimate interests of such diverse parties as citizens, governments, industry, NGO’s and more, were met while developing the plans for the extension. Individual problems were solved while the long term relationship with these parties stayed healthy. The final result included an absence of unexpected court appeals, and a broader based societal result for a project which initially was an economic decision.