A step-by-step guide connecting theory to practice Environmental Conflict Management introduces students to the research and practice of environmental conflict and provides a step-by-step process for engaging stakeholders and other interested parties in the management of environmental disputes. In each chapter, authors Dr. Tracylee Clarke and Dr. Tarla Rai Peterson first introduce a specific concept or process step and then provide exercises, worksheets, role-plays, and brief case studies so students can directly apply what they are learning. The appendix includes six additional extended case studies for further analysis. In addition to providing practical steps for understanding and managing conflict, the text identifies the most relevant laws and policies to help students make more informed decisions. Students will develop techniques for public involvement and community outreach, strategies for effective meeting management, approaches to negotiating options and methodologies for communicating concerns and working through differences, and outlines for implementing and evaluating strategies for sustaining positive community relations.

Introduction to Environmental Conflict Management

Introduction to Environmental Conflict Management

Environmental conflict is among the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century (Peterson & Feldpausch-Parker, 2013). As society has become increasingly aware of environmental issues, the challenge of structuring appropriate decision-making processes and public participation opportunities becomes a central concern for many natural resource agencies, industries, interest groups, and the general public. These conflicts range from relatively simple and localized disputes to highly complex and international disputes. For example, in Uppsala, Sweden, most people look forward to the balmy weather and long days of June. Although residents enjoy many different plants, birch trees are special. The municipality has responded to public desire for a rich supply of birch branches for spring bouquets, wreaths, and ...

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