Conflict Mediation in Natural Resource Management

Conflict Mediation in Natural Resource Management

Advanced course on mediating and negotiating conflicts over forests and resources


When conflicting parties cannot find a solution by themselves, they often ask a third party to mediate. In forest conflicts, mediators need more than just knowledge of forest practices and contexts — they also need skills in communication, negotiation, and planning. This course presents an opportunity for members of the forestry and natural resource management sectors to further strengthen those skills.

 

Aims and Objectives

This course will allow members of the forestry and natural resource sectors to become certified conflict mediators with advanced and proven skills in communication, negotiation, and planning.

 

This course will enable you to:

  • Improve your capacity as a mediator of conflicts over natural resources
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of mediators in a natural resource management context
  • Practice using mediation skills in a controlled environment and simulated situations
  • Advance your skills in balancing rights with responsibilities and returns with relationships

Who Should Attend?

This course is open to professionals dealing with conflict management in forestry and natural resource management. Participants should have a proven track record in management of conflicts over natural resources, either through intensive training or experience.

 

Course Contents

  • Theory of the mediation process: Conflict in different stages and aspects of forest trade and management; the role of the mediator; the stages of the mediation process
  • Practice of the mediation process: Case studies to help explore communication tools and techniques
  • Assessment of skills: Oral and written tests to evaluate mediation knowledge and skills and the ability to assess and respond to a variety of conflict situations
  • Emerging issues: A look ahead at applying lessons in the real world

Course Length

This set course lasts five days.