As indicated in Chapter 1, environmental policy problems are complex and specific to their social, political, and environmental contexts. Meadowcroft (2004) suggests that environmental policy problems can be distinguished by their degree of complexity and by the intensity of the associated conflict. As a conflict management professional, you need the ability to assess both the complexity and intensity of an environmental conflict. In this chapter, we will explore different approaches to conflict assessment. It is up to you to decide on an assessment approach that will help you to design a process that helps the parties move forward in a positive way. In their classic book, Working Through Environmental Conflict, Daniels and Walker (2001) remind us that successful approaches to environmental ...