Establishing a Minimum Standard for Collaborative Research in Federal Environmental Agencies

Kalle E Matso , Molly O’Donovan Dix , Benjamin Chicoski , Debra L Hernandez , Jerry R Schubel
Journal of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
April 2008

The Consensus Building Institute has worked in a number of situations in various parts of the world where the goal has been to promote collaborative environmental management. However, bringing contending interests into a productive dialogue when there is a substantial level of scientific or technical uncertainty, as well as strong political cross-currents, works best when stakeholders take an adaptive management or governance approach. That is, they work together to specify the uncertainties involved in managing a complex ecosystem and human-ecosystem interactions, and then organize to take a series of small steps, closely monitor the results, and make ongoing adjustments in policies, programs and behavior. CBI has pioneered the practice of joint fact finding (JFF) as the key to collaborative environmental management.

In the attached article by Kalle E Matso, Molly O’Donovan Dix, Benjamin Chicoski, Debra L Hernandez, and Jerry R Schubel that appeared in the Journal of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management — Volume 4, Number 3 in April 2008 you can trace CBI's impact on collaborative environmental management. Through our field-based efforts to promote adaptive environmental management and our theory-building work on the techniques of joint fact finding, we have helped to shape the field of environmental planning.