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.
Chapter 4: Initiating a Process
Initiating a Process
Each environmental conflict has its own dimensions and contextual aspects, which make it unique and complex. This means that your first step in any collaborative process is to determine if a collaborative effort is appropriate. Timing, opportunity, and institutional support must come together to create an appropriate situation for addressing a particular environmental conflict through collaborative efforts. Initiating a collaborative effort is called convening, and the organization that initiates a collaborative effort is called the convener (O’Leary, Nabatchi, & Bingham, 2004). Often, the convener for a collaborative approach to environmental conflict is a government agency, but it also could be another organization, perhaps one from the private sector or a nongovernmental organization (NGO). Most often, the convener is a ...