Journal of Soils and Sediments

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 202–208 | Cite as

Sediment and society: an approach for assessing management of contaminated sediments and stakeholder involvement in Norway

  • Amy Marie Patrin OenEmail author
  • Magnus Sparrevik
  • David N. Barton
  • Udaya Sekhar Nagothu
  • Gerald Jan Ellen
  • Gijs D. Breedveld
  • Jens Skei
  • Adriaan Slob



Management options for large-scale contaminated sediment remediation projects can be challenging with regard to competing stakeholder interests. This has become apparent during the Oslofjord sediment remediation project (2005–2009) which caused considerable public discussion.


To learn from this project, the ‘Sediment and society’ project was initiated to develop a collaborative approach that will incorporate local and scientific knowledge in order to achieve mutual gains, win-win outcomes for the stakeholders, in the management of contaminated marine sediments.

Method development

The project focuses on two Norwegian harbours: Oslo Harbour and Bergen Harbour. The Oslo Harbour case has been analysed ex-post, using elements of risk governance: participation, communication, information/knowledge and risk perception. The Bergen Harbour case is focused on the establishment of a citizens' jury as well as a stakeholder panel in Bergen Harbour.

Preliminary results and observations

Thus far, the results suggest three important commonalities or challenges for stakeholder involvement: (1) how to include people who have important management information and local knowledge, but not much influence in the decision-making process; (2) how to secure resources to ensure participation and (3) how to engage and motivate stakeholders to participate early in the sediment remediation planning process.


Contaminated sediments Multi-criteria analysis Sediment management Stakeholder participation 



We kindly acknowledge the Norwegian Research Council as project funding is provided through their ‘The Oceans and Coastal Areas (HAVKYST)’ research programme. For the Bergen Harbour case, we are particularly grateful for the assistance we have received from Per Vikse (Bergen kommune) and Haakon Kryvi (Hordaland County).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Marie Patrin Oen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Magnus Sparrevik
    • 1
  • David N. Barton
    • 2
  • Udaya Sekhar Nagothu
    • 3
  • Gerald Jan Ellen
    • 4
  • Gijs D. Breedveld
    • 1
  • Jens Skei
    • 2
  • Adriaan Slob
    • 4
  1. 1.Norwegian Geotechnical InstituteOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)OsloNorway
  3. 3.Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental ResearchÅsNorway
  4. 4.TNO Built Environment and GeosciencesDelftThe Netherlands

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