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Using Environmental Conflict Resolution And Consensus Building Towards Improved Sustainability


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81 - 92




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WIT Press


J. J. Haydon & J. Kuang


The resolution of environmental disputes and conflicts is an important component for long term sustainability in which diversity and well-being issues are considered. The authors combine science and law with diverse cultural backgrounds. Environmental rights and responsibilities are evolving through many processes which emphasise improved dialogue. This paper promotes a new paradigm where:  Productivity has to be environmentally sustainable;  Polarised debate is replaced with dialogue and facilitated information sharing;  Active listening is practised as part of appreciating the underlying concerns of others;  Diversity and well being should be taken into account in devising a \“decision making model”. The options are limitless but careful planning is important;  Consensus building is recommended. Individuals and communities benefit from a structured process for the resolution of environmental disputes. Sustainability is about sharing experiences and learning to develop improved techniques. Managing public participation is analysed as a technique for improving decision making processes. Diversity is a community asset. Intergenerational Equity is an essential principle. It helps guide the new decision making paradigm. The new paradigm for decision making extends to the implementation of new and improved environmental management processes. It is a partnership between Government, business, industry and individuals. Creative ways to solve problems allows innovation to thrive. What are the benefits of a third party (independent) facilitator? Facilitation is a broad


sustainability, productivity, public participation, diversity, innovation, local government, conflict resolution, consensus building, facilitator