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.

Policy Development

Policy Development

Working with stakeholders in a policy development decision-making process requires participants to work as a team engaged in critical analysis of environmental issues and solutions. This chapter outlines how to move participants through a decision-making process, including preparing to negotiate; defining group goals; providing opportunities for education, information exchange, and joint fact finding; brainstorming and development of possible options; establishing common criteria and applying criteria to options; negotiating prepared packages; and ratifying agreements. After reading this chapter, you will understand policy development and how to guide participants through a decision-making process.

Decision-Making Model

Foundational to the field of alternative dispute resolution is the process of interest-based negotiation, sometimes referred to as integrative bargaining or distributive negotiation. Interest-based negotiation is based on the principles ...

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