Research Consortium Awards Grants To Study Environmental Outcomes
Of Collaborative Processes
July 15, 2002-- The University
of Virginias Institute for Environmental Negotiation has awarded
six grants to researchers from across the country to study the processes
and environmental outcomes of community-based collaborative projects.
research grants, ranging from $10,000 to $35,000, were awarded by
the Institutes Community-Based Collaboratives Research Consortium
(CBCRC). Funding for the grants is provided by the William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation, which funds the consortium.
the projects that will receive funding are forest management efforts
in Idaho, watershed planning in Oregon and California, land-use
planning in Arizona and land management in Colorado.
with the U.Va. School of Architectures Department of Urban
and Environmental Planning, the Institute for Environmental Negotiation
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 environment.
in 1999, the Community-Based Collaboratives Research Consortium
serves as a forum for researchers, agencies, community and environmental
groups, tribes and facilitators to share research findings concerning
collaborative approaches to environmental management.
idea to fund research concerning the outcomes of collaborative processes
arose in response to the controversy surrounding their use and the
lack of clear, objective and defensible research about their appropriateness
and impacts," said Institute Director E. Franklin Dukes. Increasingly,
agencies are seeking to rely on multi-stakeholder, collaborative
processes to help advise natural resource managers. The consortium
seeks to understand the appropriate situations for engaging in collaborative
processes, as well as their outcomes and impacts on the environment.
the nation, community-based collaborative groups have formed to
influence environmental management decisions that affect their local
communities. For example, a community surrounded by national forests
and grazing lands is dependent economically, socially and environmentally
on resource management decisions concerning those lands. If tree
harvesting or grazing is restricted or expanded, there will be a
direct impact on the community.
fires and eastern and mid-western droughts are leading communities
to become even more concerned about how they can influence land
management decisions, such as those that decrease fire risk or encourage
water conservation," said Dukes. "As communities of place
become more engaged in seeking to influence government decisions
concerning local land management, environmentalists and others will
continue to question their influence over public resources. The
Consortiums research will seek to understand and assess the
role and environmental outcomes of community involvement."
help groups, agencies and others share ideas and network, the consortium
has upgraded its free web site, http://www.cbcrc.org, to provide
new tools, including expanded search capabilities for the on-line
database of books, journals and research, the collaborative projects
and research database and updates on the funded projects.
funded by the Community-Based Collaboratives Research Consortium:
community, and institutional constraints in rural Idaho (ESA Consulting,
Idaho). The research project will focus on a CBC concerned with
forest management on Idahos Nez Perce National Forest and
will also include interviews with local community leaders and U.S.
Service NPNF personnel. The researchers will analyze historic data
to understand the CBC within a social and ecological scale.
Coordinators: Bill Warren or Dora Rollins (208) 882-6402.
four directions research model: Birdsprings community land use planning
committee a Navajo community-based collaborative researching
its role and impact (Birdsprings Community Land Use Planning Committee,
Flagstaff, Ariz.) The project will explore how to refine and
focus the organizational techniques and strategies used by the CBC
in helping to preserve the ecological, cultural and economic balance
of Arizonas Birdsprings area. It is hoped that a deeper understanding
of the validity of traditional Navajo problem-solving techniques
and conflict resolution will result in order to facilitate the functioning
of Navajo CBCs.
Coordinators: Dr. Kyril Calsoyas firstname.lastname@example.org
(928) 714-9422 and Thomas Walker (928) 686-3266, 3267
collaboratives and the U.S. Bureau of land management (College of
Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado at Denver).
The project will examine the role of CBCs in natural resources decision-making
for public lands, focusing on CBCs that are initiated by or work
directly with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The study will
examine the extent to which BLM incorporates collaborative planning
into its decision-making processes and will assess the key attributes
of collaborative processes that result in successful outcomes.
Contact: Tamara J. Laninga, doctoral candidate in the College
of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Denver
longitudinal and spatial analysis of intermediate socio-environmental
impacts of community-based collaborative planning in Southwest Colorado
(Gettysburg College, Pa.) A team of researchers will analyze
the intermediate socio-environmental impacts of a CBC-based forest
plan revision on Colorados San Juan National Forest. The researchers
will conduct a longitudinal examination of community participation,
incorporation of local knowledge in the collaborative process; and
a spatial analysis of community-forest characteristics and relationships
in the forests surrounding communities. The analyses will
also serve as tools for comparative analyses of other CBCs in the
Four Corners region.
Coordinator: Dr. Randall Wilson (717) 337-6034
the effectiveness of community-based collaborative: tools for broadening
community outreach (University of Oregon). The project will
conduct research focusing on the increasingly prominent role of
CBCs in watershed planning, examining six watershed councils in
Oregon to investigate the factors that motivate landowners to participate
in collaborative programs and evaluate why they adopt proposed conservation
Coordinator: Dr. Rich Margerum (541) 346-2526
monitoring by resource advisory committees in Northern California
(Watershed Research and Training Center, Hayfork, Calif.) The
project will focus on the monitoring activities of Resource Advisory
Committees (RACs) in Northern California. The investigators will
compare RACs located in counties with a long history of collaborative
decision-making to those with less experience using such a process,
resulting in a plan to develop self-monitoring and evaluation programs
that will enable them to track how their activities affect the environmental
health, public safety and economic well-being of their communities.
Coordinators: Lisa J. Wilson (530) 628-4206 and Lynn Jungwirth
Franklin Dukes, (434) 924-2041