Collaborative Problem Solving

At the foundation of all conservation efforts is the need to arrive at “consent” with all affected parties on the issues they are confronting.  Conservation planning, design, and delivery cannot proceed strategically nor can they, with any certainty of success, move forward without all parties consent on the issues.

Collaboration is the critical first step in the process of all conservation efforts.  This is particularly true of adaptive management and landscape level conservation using the Strategic Habitat Conservation framework.  Through collaboration, the issues are agreed upon and then work can proceed using a structured decision making process during the planning phase of the framework.

Here is a list of courses available through NCTC that can help build collaborative skills.  Also included is a list of links to collaboration resources available:

NCTC Courses

Links to Collaboration Training and Practitioner Resources
Fort Negotiation Training - USGS, Fort Collins, CO  - 3 training courses available

  • Negotiation Skills for Natural Resource Professionals: Building a Foundation
  • Strategies and Tactics for the Experienced Natural Resource Negotiator
  • Legal-Institutional Analysis Model (LIAM) Training
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution - 7 training courses available

  • Collaborative Competencies
  • Interest-Based Negotiation of Environmental Issues
  • Introduction to Managing Environmental Conflict
  • Laying the Groundwork for Effective Government-to-Government Consultation
  • Collaboration in NEPA
  • Advanced Multi-Party Negotiation of Environmental Disputes
  • Facilitative Leadership in ECR
International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) - 3 training courses for practitioners – a certificate program
MIT/USGS - A source of resources for practitioners
University of Michigan - in addition to undergraduate and graduate programs in collaboration, University of Michigan offers a variety of mid-career training courses
Sacramento State University, Center for Collaborative Policy, offers a variety of training opportunities in Collaboration
EPA has the most comprehensive listing of courses available, listed by desired skills:

Training By Skills Desired
EPA training
Alternative Dispute Resolution Training
US Forest Service Partnership Resource Center – a source of resources for practitioners
Federal Highway Administration – a source of resources for practitioners
A resource
National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) – a source of resources for practitioners and currently developing/offering training in partnership with Portland State University, Oregon Consensus, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service
University Network for Collaborative Governance – a source of resources for practitioners
Connecting People - Developing Partnership Skills - Strengthening Group Effectiveness to Improve Resource Management
Duke University continuing education program - Duke Environmental Leadership Program – several courses

  • Scoping, Public Involvement and Environmental Justice
Portland State University, Executive Leadership Institute – a variety of graduate programs and continuing education

  • Introduction to Collaborative Governance (mentioned above under NPCC)
Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration – a non-government organization – at least 1 training course offered

  • Conservation and Conflict: An Experiential Training in the Skills, Theory and Process Conservation Professionals Need to Better Analyze and Address Conflict
University of Massachusetts – Boston
Offers a graduate program in Dispute Resolution