This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.
San Francisco Estuary Project
The San Francisco Estuary Project (SFEP) was part of the National Estuary Program (NEP), which was designed to bring all the stakeholders in an estuarine system into a consensual agreement on the state of the estuary and a plan for its restoration and management.1 The scope and complexity of the issues addressed by the SFEP, the size of the affected area, the range of technical information needed, the number and diversity of players, and the political and economic powers engaged by the process presented major challenges for the process and its participants.
At the end of five years, the SFEP produced a consensually adopted Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) recommending numerous actions for improving the health of ...