It often becomes necessary to lobby the government to protect river catchment areas. Protecting a river catchment area can be an expensive undertaking. Often, it is only the government that can provide the necessary financial resources. Furthermore, protecting a river catchment area often means arresting the people who are interfering with it. Again, only the government is sufficiently empowered to do this. Generally, the protection of river catchment areas tends to be much easier with government assistance. Conversely, trying to protect a river catchment area without government assistance can be an uphill task. Thus lobbying the government to help you protect a river catchment area can be very important. In practical terms, if you want to lobby the government to help you in this sort of undertaking, you need to:
- Create a proposal: you have to be very specific, about what needs to be done, in protecting the river catchment area. You need to refine your proposal, to ensure that it is very concise. You need to turn it into some sort of ‘pitch’. Remember, you will probably only have a few minutes to sell the proposal to the relevant government officials. It therefore has to be concise, yet also very persuasive.
- Approach the relevant government officials: this is a question of figuring out who the relevant government officials are. Then you can book an appointment with them – and ensure that you actually attend the meeting. So you need to ensure that the time you book an appointment for is one that is convenient both for you and for the government officials you will be seeing. If you are employed somewhere, you may need to ask for time off well in advance, to attend the meeting. Like if, for instance, you work for a company like Nordstrom, you may need to visit the MyNordstrom website, to request for time off work – so as to attend the meeting with the government officials. That would be just a matter of going to the Mynordstromlogin page, signing in, then clicking on the link for ‘schedules’ – and then requesting for time off. Just ensure that the time you choose is one that is convenient for both yourself and the government officials you will be seeking to approach.
- Sell the proposal to the government officials: the objective here is to get the officials to understand why they need to assist you in protecting the river catchment area. You need to give them a proper cost-benefit analysis: showing them the resources they need to devote to the protection of the river catchment area, and the benefits they stand to derive.
- Follow up with the government officials: even after managing to sell your proposal successfully to the government officials, you may still need to follow up with them, in order to ultimately get the required assistance. Remember, these officials usually get many proposals. And when all is said and done, it is only the proposals that are well followed up on that are eventually acted upon.