Fostering Collaboration in Intractable Tenure Conflicts in Public Lands-Lessons from Costa Rica
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 1:30pm 3:00pm

Sergio Guillen (Moderator), Foundation of Peace and Democracy
Franklin Paniagua, Foundation of Peace and Democracy

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

This session discusses the development of Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) in a developing country (Costa Rica), focused on tenure conflicts in public lands. The rural landscape is experiencing profound change, with traditional farming being displaced by tourism and urban development, driven by foreign (particularly USA) investment. We present the case of an NGO intervention that explored the use of EDR (and EDR training in particular) as a public policy strategy to accommodate private and communal development interests with State-run conservation efforts. This session will raise the challenge of balancing "contextualization" with the application of "meaningful general tools and metaphors," and engage participants through short simulations and mini-group discussions to propose strategies for this integration.

Primary Target Audience(s): ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal) Non-governmental Organizations

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