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 5: Conflict Assessment
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 ...