a Blueprint for Environmental Activists and Others Considering Collaboration
Of Virginia, Wilderness Society Publish Collaboration: A Guide
For Environmental Advocates
13, 2001-- The
National Audubon Society, the University of Virginia, and The Wilderness
Society announced Sept. 4 the publication of Collaboration: A
Guide for Environmental Advocates. Funded by a grant from the
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the guide outlines appropriate
situations for engaging in collaborative processes and describes
best practices and proven strategies for success in collaborative
natural resources decision making.
"This guide sheds much-needed
light on when such approaches make sense, and gives our volunteer
grassroots activists a tool to use in considering proposals for
such processes in order to reach important conservation goals,"
said John Flicker, Audubon President and CEO.
Bill Meadows, president of The Wilderness
Society, said, "Conservationists often can work effectively with
diverse interests to resolve environmental conflicts and achieve
common objectives. But collaboration should never seek to undercut
existing law and environmental protections or exclude legitimate
interests. This guide will help ensure that these processes lead
to decisions that abide by environmental laws and protect the public's
lands and natural resources."
"Because the guide was developed
in consultation with a wide range of environmental advocates and
analysts of collaborative processes, it emphasizes ways to address
concerns about the environmental impact of these processes,"
said Franklin Dukes, director of U.Va.'s Institute for Environmental
Negotiation. Dukes expects the guide to be as helpful for environmental
groups facing inappropriate collaboration situations as it is for
those groups choosing to lead or join such processes.
The guide includes advice on how
to design an effective collaborative process, arguments for and
against collaboration, how to work with independent mediators or
facilitators, the role of science in the process, and reaching agreements
that work. The 71-page book also includes dozens of resources.
It is available in print for $8,
including shipping and handling through the University of Virginia
(804) 924-1970 or by writing to IEN, University of Virginia, 164
Rugby Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903. A free PDF version can be
found on the Web at
About the Sponsors:
The National Audubon Society connects
people with nature through education and experience on the land.
It helps children, families, and adults from all walks of life develop
an understanding of and appreciation for the environment. The organization
gives them the tools to act on behalf of the environment
in their own homes and communities, as well as on the national level
and beyond. Founded in 1905, and supported by 600,000 members in
more than 500 chapters throughout the Americas, the National Audubon
Society conserves and restores natural ecosystems, focusing on birds
and other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity
and the earths biological diversity.
Founded in 1935, The Wilderness Society
works to protect America's wilderness and to develop a nationwide
network of wild lands through public education, scientific analysis
and advocacy. Its goal is to ensure that future generations will
enjoy the clean air and water, wildlife, beauty and opportunities
for recreation and renewal that pristine forests, rivers, deserts
and mountains provide.
The Institute for Environmental Negotiation
(IEN) is affiliated with the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
The institute was formed in 1980 to provide mediation and consensus
building services to the public and private sectors concerning conflicts
and policy choices about land use and the natural and built environment.
Since its inception, its staff has served as mediators and facilitators
for well over 100 projects involving natural resource, health and
planning issues. IEN also coordinates the national Community
Based Collaboratives Research Consortium which conducts and
fosters research about collaborative processes involving the environment.
Contact: Mike Anderson, (206) 624-6430
#227, John Bianchi, (212) 979-3026 and Franklin Dukes, (804) 924-1970