Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution

Explore the readiness conditions of the agency, partners and the public that will support a collaborative process.

Identify the five sources of conflict and how to alleviate tensions with strategies to bring people together in discussion.

Gain insights from real world and hypothetical examples of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution.

Learn more about how to be assess conflicting interests and proactive strategies for earlier collaboration.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the difference between upstream and downstream collaborative engagement?

2. What are at least two drivers of conflict that you have experience related to community collaboration and/or partnerships?

3. The Conflict Triangle of Satisfaction is based on fair, inclusive and transparent (FIT) communication. How might you support a FIT dialogue among stakeholders who represent conflicting interests? 

4. How would you assess the readiness of your agency and stakeholders to come together for a collaborative process? What could you do at this time to improve the readiness of the agency and stakeholders?


Susan Goodwin, DOI CADR

Susan Goodwin

Conflict Management Specialist
DOI Office of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution (CADR)

Karen Simms 

Karen Simms

Former Assistant Field Manager
Gila District, Tucson Field Office, BLM

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