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NCJ Number: 97340 Find in a Library
Title: Theory and Practice of Environmental Mediation
Journal: Environmental Professional  Volume:2  Dated:(1980)  Pages:24-33
Author(s): G W Cormick
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This presentation suggests some of the critical conceptual elements which must be addressed to better understand the sources and process of environmental conflicts and the differing types of intervenor and intervention processes presently being applied to such conflicts. Based on the extensive experience of the Office of Environmental Mediation, particular attention is paid to the appropriate definition and application of the negotiation/mediation process.
Abstract: The paper first explores the role of conflict in the emergence and evolution of social issues, such as environmental concerns. Particular attention is given to defining the role of the intervenor in such conflicts and exploring some of its ethical and structural dimensions. The negotiation/mediation process is differentiated from other conflict management/decisionmaking processes, and prerequisites to viable negotiations are identified. In an effort to better understand the relationship between alternative intervention processes and their appropriate application to specific conflict situations, such conflicts are analyzed and compared on the basis of two key variables: (1) issue breadth and complexity and (2) developmental stages in the conflict process. The presentation finally compares the differing orientations (values, 'facts,' and process) of 'professionals' who intervene in environmental conflict situations. Intervenors who are employed by government agencies are addressed as a special case. Six references are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Environmental laws; Mediation; Negotiation
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