U.Va. Institute for Environmental Negotiation Receives $375,000
Hewlett Foundation Grant to Aid Research in Environmental Management
November 12, 2001 --
The University of Virginia's Institute
for Environmental Negotiation has received a $375,000 grant
from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to coordinate the
work of the national Community Based Collaboratives Research Consortium.
in 1999, the consortium serves as a forum for researchers, agencies,
and community and environmental groups to share research findings
concerning collaborative approaches to environmental management.
the nation, community groups increasingly are concerned about the
impact of environmental management decisions on their livelihoods.
In response, communities are taking active roles in decision-making
processes concerning how natural resources are managed. Communities
have formed their own collaborative groups to participate in advising
government agencies about management plans involving a diversity
of issues ranging from grazing to timber to endangered species.
uses, complexity and applications for collaborative environmental
management have grown exponentially over the past five years, as
has the concern about the appropriate uses for these processes,"
said Franklin Dukes, the U.Va.'s institute's director. The consortium
provides an open and objective forum for all who are seeking to
understand or apply collaborative processes."
grant from the Hewlett Foundation will enable the consortium to
fund collaborative research projects among universities and community
groups and to develop new methodologies and protocols for conducting
The consortium, which will oversee the coordinating and awarding
of research funds, is particularly interested in the environmental
outcomes of these collaborative processes, Dukes said.
consortiums Web site, http://www.cbcrc.org,
contains a database of research, books, journals, projects and contacts
for use by researchers, community groups, agencies and general public.
The grant will allow the consortium to further enhance the Web sites
capabilities by expanding the resource and project databases, adding
new search capabilities and discussion groups and research forums.
The grant also will fund workshops for researchers to coordinate
and present their research.
providing a free and open forum for sharing and evaluating research
findings, we hope to foster new understandings and, ultimately,
better outcomes for communities and the environment," Dukes
Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) is affiliated with
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.
Franklin Dukes, (434) 924-1970