University of Vermont/Champlain College

Corporations, governments and community activists struggle to find common ground in resource-based conflicts that often become intractable. An impasse on environmental conflicts can hinder the implementation of potential conservation priorities as well as economic development opportunities. While recognizing the importance of constructive confrontation in cases of social justice, this module aims to consider how to most efficiently engage in environmental diplomacy. When should other options, such as legal action or sanctions be considered? How can agreements be negotiated between parties which have differing environmental values and assumptions about ecological science? The goal of this program is to familiarize participants with emerging international diplomatic processes around environmental concerns, and the means by which agreements can be reached when dealing with a complex set of values and stakeholders.
Participants will cover a broad range of topics in this module, from international environmental law, to mediation and conflict resolution skills. Several case examples developed through the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at UVM will also be used during the training program.